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Ghana's 67th Independence Day, diaspora perspective


Jerry Kwabena Adinkra

2 months ago
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As Ghana commemorates its 67th Independence, it is important to reflect on the significant contributions of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the "big six," and the unsung heroes who played pivotal roles in the country's journey to freedom and independence. Alongside these iconic figures, there are also countless Ghanaians living abroad, such as in New York, USA, who continue to celebrate and uphold the values of Ghanaian culture and heritage.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first president, was a visionary leader who spearheaded the fight against British colonial rule and successfully led the country to independence on March 6, 1957. His passion for Pan-Africanism and belief in the unity of African nations inspired generations and continues to be a guiding force for Ghana's development.

The "big six" - consisting of Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Kwame Nkrumah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, and William Ofori Atta - were instrumental in the struggle for independence and the formation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) and later the Convention People's Party (CPP). Their efforts laid the foundation for Ghana's sovereignty and paved the way for the peaceful transfer of power.

In addition to these prominent figures, there are also unsung heroes whose contributions have often gone unrecognized but have greatly impacted Ghana's history. These individuals, whether through acts of bravery, grassroots activism, or cultural preservation, have played integral roles in shaping the identity and resilience of the Ghanaian people.

Furthermore, Ghanaians living in New York, the USA, and other parts of the world play a vital role in promoting Ghanaian culture, unity, and progress beyond the borders of their homeland. Through community events, cultural exhibitions, and educational initiatives, these individuals strengthen the bonds between Ghana and its diaspora, fostering a sense of pride and connection among all Ghanaians, both near and far.

As Ghana celebrates its 67th Independence anniversary, let us honour the legacy of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the sacrifices of the "big six," the contributions of unsung heroes, and the resilience of Ghanaians living abroad. May their stories inspire future generations to uphold the values of freedom, unity, and progress, ensuring a brighter future for Ghana and its people.

Afehyia pa!
(Happy Independence Day!)

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source: Jerry Kwabena Adinkra