Today, March 6th, 2021 marks 64 years since Ghana, known then as the Gold Coast gained independence from the British colonial power. As a tradition, the Country has set aside this day to celebrate and honor its heroes who led the country to gain this freedom.
As we join the West African country in unity to celebrate the day, let’s take a look at the remarks of the current president of the Republic.
In recognizing the significance of the day, President Nana Akufo-Addo wrote that, “Sixty-four (64) years ago, we freed our nation, Ghana, from the shackles of colonialism and imperialism. We were the first nation, in colonial Africa, to gain our independence from the colonial power, and, thus, became the torchbearer of the struggle for liberation of the African continent.
He added that, “we must all step up and play significant roles in the development of Ghana, our motherland. Let us bequeath to our children, their children, and generations unborn a nation of hope and opportunity, not one of despair and retrogression.”
The celebration of this day is not complete without full recognition given to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who has been very instrumental in leading the freedom fight.
British took control until May 1956 when Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Gold Coast government issued a white paper demanding that the British power relinquishes its control over the territory. The Gold Coast Assembly adopted Kwame Nkrumah’s resolution on the 3rd of August 1956.
The British Government agreed to grant the demands of the resolution on condition that, a reasonable majority for such demand is obtained in the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly after a general election. This condition was satisfied as the 1956 election returned Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party (CPP) to power with 71 of the 104 seats in the Legislative Assembly.
On 6 March 1957, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana, known then as the Gold Coast to gain independence from Britain to join the Commonwealth of Nations. DR, Nkrumah later transformed the country into a republic as we have it today and ruled until he was overthrown.
In spirit of oneness, we wish Ghana and its lovely citizens a Happy 64th Independence Day Celebration.