The occasion of today will also be observed by members of the Ghanaian diaspora in cities around the world, with many of them pausing to reflect on how far their motherland Ghana, has come.
Writing about the joy of today without a deep retrospect of our struggle to independence will serve as a form injustice to our history.
The British empire of 1874 had within its territorial control “Gold Coast”, now renamed Ghana, as a part of its colony. The struggle for independence was started by the UGCC with a laid down framework outlining how our independence was to be realized. As part of the preparation for independence, proactive efforts were needed to quicken this objective.
Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was called upon to help in the liberation struggle. He would later opt for a more ‘radical’ approach; immediate self government and positive action, as opposed to the UGCC’s ‘self government in the shortest possible time’ under the umbrella of a new party, the CPP.
In the month of May 1956, Kwame Nkrumah and the CPP presented to the British government, a blueprint of proposals as part of efforts towards independence. This would be granted as stated by the British government, if a reasonable majority is obtained in the legislative assembly of the Gold coast.
The 1956 election saw the CPP winning 71 out of the 104 seats in the legislative assembly. Ghana then became an independent state on the 6th of March,1957 with the British relinquishing power and authority to Kwame Nkrumah and the CPP.
The night of 6th March, 1957 experienced grand jubilations from across the length and breadth of Ghana, coupled with street parties and parades. The celebration was not only within the confines of Ghana but communities around the world enjoyed in revelry, as well.
This day has come to stay and celebrated each year. It occupies a place of pride in our national holidays. It also reminds every Ghanaian of the dawn of a new beginning, the beginning of an era of liberation from the clutches of British rule of more than 60 years.
The occasion of independence serves a fine opportunity to celebrate the rich culture we possess as a people, to tell the rest of the world how united we are in the front of cultural diversity.
On this day, we are praised by all for maintaining our hard earned peace and stability. Our immediate critics would also concur to the fact that our hospitality, is more pronounced than our hospitals.
Looking into the past to inform the future, our prospects as a nation is as clear as the day. Well, not so clear lately. Our system, the Ghanaian system, is bedevilled with many ills.
The government of today is known for amassing wealth for themselves and unborn generations and depriving us the privileges of advancement.
It will be easier to locate a zanzibar leopard than to find a single job. Our resources are put on the “dining table” of our colonial masters in exchange for loans which comes with so much interest that puts us forever on the wings of debt, defying the principle of self reliance. “Agyapa” isn’t an example far-fetched!
It is not a lost battle as it appears, there is still room to improve and reclaim our lost glory. This can only happen when we become spectacular citizens and not spectators. We cannot lose hope as a people, our hopes of progress. We will break our backs for solutions and we will criticise constructively.
We will eternally look forward and never backward. With us is where the future of the nation lies. God bless the prospects of our dear nation. Forward is our March, regardless!!!
Author: Ibrahim Adle Muhammad,
Social Activist and an Entrepreneur.