Ghana celebrates 56 years of independence from British colonial rule today. (Google Images)
Ghana celebrates 56 years of independence from British colonial rule today. (Google Images)

Today, Ghana celebrated 56 years of independence as a nation. Ghana obtained its independence from colonial Britain in 1957.

President John Dramani Mahama, addressing a colourful parade of School children and a segment of the National Security Agencies at the Black Star square in Accra, called on citizens to unite as a nation to fight for the socio-economic and political emancipation for the prosperity of all.

EXCERPT of PRESIDENT MAHAMA’S SPEECH

“Today, we celebrate the vision, perseverance, and legacy of a generation of heroic Ghanaians.

Today we honour the leadership of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. A leadership that was both committed and compassionate, one that extended beyond words and into action. And even today, significant parts of the national infrastructure we still enjoy are as a result of the vision of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Yet the liberation of an entire nation cannot rest solely on the shoulders of a single individual. Even after a goal has been established by a designated leader, it takes the dedication, focus and work of millions before movement and progress can take place.

Today, we remember those millions, all of the founding fathers and mothers who organised and sacrificed; the millions of brave men and women who fought and died to give this country, and indeed all of Africa, freedom from colonial domination and repression. Some of them have been recognized; their names and faces are on our monuments and on our money. A greater number will most likely remain nameless
and faceless.

But the people that made up those millions, those men and women were our grandfathers and grandmothers, our uncles and aunts, our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers. It is because of the courage, self determination and dignity they displayed that we stand here today, on this occasion, the celebration of Ghana’s 56th year as an independent nation.”

Read President Mahama’s full speech here.

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