Dr Kwame Nkrumah on the 6th of March, 1957 declared Ghana an independent country. Ghana has since celebrated her birthday annually, every 6th of March to mark this part of her history. It is an important day, the independent celebration isn’t just celebrated but moreover forms a major part of the country’s chronological event.
Regardless, of how fundamental this day is to Ghanaians, it appears we as a people have undermined the routine celebration of this day and forgotten how this day is supposed to impact our lifestyle. Every year we commemorate the event and the aftermath always looks bleak.
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Reckoned to inspire hope in Ghanaians going forward, this day has turned out to be the observation of holidays with little or no expectation. We congregate to parade our ageing ammo and waste the time and energy of young students and workers interrupting their holiday.
Being the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from the United Kingdom, the current state of the country is not what was ideated. A country that gained independent ahead of Malaysia, it is humiliating to see how far they’ve achieved with fewer resources.
Few people even know for a fact that the economic renaissance palm tree Malaysia is accredited to was adopted from Ghana after independence. Farmers in Malaysia are financially stable due to this crop. Why Ghana has also not benefited from the same tree?
Ghana has produced cocoa and gold for years, but the roads to these cocoa and mining sites look worse than before the resources were discovered. Ghana in 63, is still lavishing in deprivation. What’s the gist of spending money on celebrating a birthday, which has no impact on your life?
Ghana’s independence is very important, but as a country, we shouldn’t make it a conventional celebration each year. It shouldn’t be just about parading of ammo and observations of a national holiday.
As Ghana celebrates this year’s independence, I expect the president to at least give us the roadmap on how this country can develop. How to reduce corruption and the way forward with regards to national development policy.
There must be a clear cut path through which this day will impact massively on the lives of Ghanaians. For this generation to the next, independence day celebration must be monumental on which legacy can be built on.