Background and political career
Beavogui, a member of the
Toma ethnic group,
 was born in
Macenta, located in southern Guinea, and he was trained in the
Senegalese city of
Dakar to become a medic. He was elected as Mayor of
Kissidougou when he was 31 years old, and he was elected to the
National Assembly of France in January 1956 as one of three deputies representing
French Guinea. Under President
Ahmed Sékou Touré, Beavogui was appointed to the government as Minister of Economic Affairs and Planning when Guinea gained its independence in 1958, and he was appointed as
Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1961. After the Guinean government allowed
Kwame Nkrumah, the ousted President of
Ghana, to live in exile in Guinea, the authorities in Ghana detained Beavogui at the airport in
Accra while he was on his way to
Ethiopia for a conference of the
Organization of African Unity in October 1966. He remained Foreign Minister until May 1969, when he was moved back to his position as Minister of Economic Affairs.
At the end of the Ninth Congress of the ruling
Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG) on 25 April 1972, President Touré said that Beavogui would become Prime Minister; that position had not previously existed.
 Beavogui served as Prime Minister from 26 April 1972 to 3 April 1984.