Ghanaian rapper, Maradona Yeboah Adjei, popularly known as Guru, has appealed to President Akufo-Addo to rename the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) after Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah – Ghana’s first president.
The airport was originally a military airport used by the British Royal Air Force during World War II. The facility was handed over to civilian authorities after the war.
A development project was launched in 1956 by President Kwame Nkrumah to reconfigure the structure into a terminal building. The project was completed in 1958, turning the military base into an airport with a capacity of 500,000 passengers per year.
The airport was originally named Accra International Airport. In 1969, it was renamed Kotoka International Airport, in honour of Lieutenant General Emmanuel Kwasi Kotoka, a member of the National Liberation Council, who led a coup to overtake Kwame Nkrumah. Kotoka was killed in an abortive coup attempt at a location which is now the forecourt of the airport.
Many concerned Ghanaians have questioned why not rename the airport after Nkrumah who built the Airport, and name it after the one who overthrew him.
Guru, wading into the matter in a tweet asked the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to rename the facility.
He suggested that the airport should be called, Kwame Nkrumah International Airport.
He wrote, “Kwame Nkrumah International Airport drop the Kotoka name”
KWAME NKRUMAH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ✊ drop the Kotoka name
— EMPEROR GURU (@gurunkz) January 9, 2020