Every couple who choose to join into marriage has their own unique definitions and interpretations of the institution.
Some people make decisions based on a variety of factors, including money, love, loneliness, association, and whatever else makes them feel better.
The institution of marriage, on the other hand, was more of a deed to the Presidency and the Republic of Ghana for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first prime minister and president.
While this argument could be questioned, Dr. Nkrumah’s view on marriage sounded reasonable to him because he had never believed in it.
Even more intriguing, he had never seen the woman he married until the day of his wedding, when he became one with Fathia Nkrumah, Ghana’s first lady after independence.
According to some sources, previous to marrying Fathia, Nkrumah had impregnated a lady named Isis Nashid, an Egyptian working for the colonial authority in the Gold Coast.
Souad El Rouby Sinare, a businessman and close friend of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, told the story in 2015, claiming that Isis Nashid had to flee Nkrumah and the Gold Coast after becoming pregnant with his kid.
Isis Nashid was supposed to have swiftly married upon her arrival to avoid the embarrassment of having a child out of wedlock.
Souad Sinare persuaded Kwame Nkrumah to hunt for a wife, ideally the woman [Isis Nashid] who had his child and fled to Egypt, shortly after this occurred.
Fathia Halim Rizk [Helena Ritz Fathia Nkrumah] was discovered available and eager to marry Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, a man she had never met, instead of Nashid.
“When we informed Dr. Nkrumah of our find of a bride [to-be], he was very happy,” Souad Sinare recalled. “He also informed Egypt’s President, Gamel Abdul Nasser, who was happy that his friend…had decided to marry from his country Egypt.”
While Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and Fathia Halim Rizk had never met, it was said that Fathia Halim Rizk seemed more enthusiastic about the news, despite claims that her family was opposed to her marrying a foreigner.
However, once Fathia’s brother married an English woman in the 1950s and moved away from Egypt with her, the story could be refuted.
Fathia’s excitement about marrying a guy she had never met grew after she tried to persuade her mother that Nkrumah was more like President Gamal Nasser, who was a freedom fighter who lived to serve his own people – but her mother’s plea fell on deaf ears.
Fathia’s infatuation for a man she knew nothing about except his reputation prompted her to travel to Ghana in 1957.
Despite her family’s disapproval, the two married with only one member of her family present [her uncle].
“The new wife, who had cut herself off from her family and country by marrying Nkrumah, was isolated in more ways than one,” Gamel would later say of Nkrumah’s first kid.
Fathia was then married to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who knew very little English and no Arabic or French at the time.
She’d have to swiftly learn the ropes in her new role as the wife of one of Africa’s brightest leaders.
Fathia began giving speeches in English before the end of her first year in Ghana, and she swiftly identified herself with the things that benefited the Republic of Ghana and her husband.