Ghana was admitted to the United Nations on 8 March 1957, two days after it achieved independence from Britain, becoming the 81st member of that organization. The country which had previously been known as the Gold Coast had been under British rule since 1821. In 1954, became Prime Minister and led the way to independence.
After gaining independence, Ghana went through several territorial reorganisations prior to independence. Nkrumah was overthrown on February 24, 1966. Today, Ghana is a democratic state.