Independence Day of Ghana

Independence Day of Ghana

Independence Day of Ghana

The Independence Day of Ghana is a national holiday celebrated yearly and the day is granted as an official state holiday for the citizens of Ghana both within and in the diaspora to honour and celebrate the Heroes of Ghana who led the country to attain its independence. The Independence Day is celebrated on March 6 every year.[1] Independence Day is also remembrance of the day that marks the declaration of Ghanaian independence from the British colonial rule.[2]

The first Prime Minister of Ghana; Kwame Nkrumah became the Head of Government from 1957 to 1960.[3] On the 6 March 1957 Kwame Nkrumah declared to the people of Ghana about their freedom, he added that, “the African People are capable of managing their own affairs and Ghana our beloved country is free forever.”[4] Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve its independence from European colonial rule.[5] Many Ghanaian who have had the chance to lead the country as Presidents have commemorated the occasion of Ghana Independence Day and have declared the day a public holiday for a celebration.[6]

Granting the day as a national holiday is well recognized such that, if the 6th March of a year fell on a weekend of the Independence Day celebration,[7] the working day that follows which is a Monday will be granted and observed as a holiday by the whole nation.[8] Many Presidents from other African countries and Europe have been invited to Ghana to join in the celebration either as Guest Speakers or Invited Guests since the reign of former President Kwame Nkrumah till now.[9]

Ghana will today, March 6th 2021 mark 64 years since it gained Independence from British colonial rule.
The national celebration would be marked in a rather different setting at the forecourt of the Jubilee House. This is due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on large gatherings.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is expected to address citizens from the forecourt of the presidency as part of the celebrations.
Ghana has over the years marked the Independence Day celebrations with a march past and performances from the security services in their full regalia.
The country’s first president and prime minister, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on March 6th, 1957 declared Ghana as independent from the British colonial regime making it the first African country to do so.


Credit: Wikipedia
Credit: Ghana web

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