Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #480) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #480)
Transcript: town. In the morning Grimes (check full name) Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs asked me to stay for a month as a guest of the government until the President returned. I regretted that I could not do so because of engagements elsewhere. He promised to phone of telegraph the President and let him know about my visit. That evening I received a message to be ready for him next morning at 9 a.m. He cancelled his holiday as soon as he was rreminded of our appointment. I saw him early that morning and after a friendly chat he merely asked for our requirements and said he was well acquainted with our situation. He was more generous than I expected.
From Liberia I flew straight to Ghana adnd regret now that I did not stop to see Houphouet Boigny (spelling?), President of the Ivory Coast, perhaps if we had done so he would not have gone so completely wild as we hear at present.
Ghana was connected with a special part of my mission, namely, the question of the attitude of the "Voice". I had discussed the matter during my trip with the Ghanian embassies in Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. In Liberia (possibly Mali) Sir Saliwa, the Ghanian ambassador, who received me warmly, confirmed the impression I had gained that they were unaware of the role of the "Voice" (that is, its use as a mouthpiece of the PAC); also that Kwame Nkrumah was not aware too. On my first day which was a Friday, I phoned Barden, head of the Bureau of African Affairs, but he was going to be away and fixed an appointment for the Monday. Oliver had not arrived and we had agreed that I should do nothing until he came. But on the first day I went to the Bureau Offices and accidently met the editor of the "Voice" (Name?) who had been ill and was still
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