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Your Daily News - Ghana Independence Day
Transcript of Your Daily News - Ghana Independence Day
EVERYDAY OF THE WEEK ALL YEAR LONG!
At long last, the battle has ended! And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!
And yet again, I want to take the opportunity to thank the people for this country; the youth, the farmers, the women who have so nobly fought and won the battle.
Also, I want to thank the valiant ex-service men who have so cooperated with me in this mighty task of freeing our country from foreign rule and imperialism.
And, as I pointed out... from now on, today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realize that from now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people.
But also, as I pointed out, that also entails hard work. That new Africa is ready to fight his own battles and show that after all, the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.
We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our foundation - our own African personality.
As I said to the Assembly a few minutes ago, I made a point that we are going to create our own Africa personality and identity. It is the only way we can show the world that we are ready for our own battles.
But today, may I call upon you all, that on this great day let us all remember that nothing can be done unless it has the purpose and support of God.
We have won the battle and again rededicate ourselves ... OUR INDEPENDENCE IS MEANINGLESS UNLESS IT IS LINKED UP WITH THE TOTAL LIBERATION OF AFRICA.
Let us now, fellow Ghanaians, let us now ask for God's blessing for only two seconds, and in your thousands and millions I want to ask you to pause for only one minute and give thanks to Almighty God for having led us through our difficulties, imprisonments, hardships and sufferings, to have brought us to our end of troubles today. One minute silence.
Ghana is free forever! And here I will ask the band to play the Ghana National Anthem.
Reshaping Ghana's destiny, I am depending on the millions of the country, and the chiefs and the people, to help me reshape the destiny of this country. We are prepared to pick it up and make it a nation that will be respected by every nation in the world. We know we're going to have difficult beginnings, but again, I am relying on your support.... I am relying upon your hard work.
Seeing you in this... It doesn't matter how far my eyes go, I can see that you are here in your millions. And my last warning to you is that you are to stand firm behind us so that we can prove to the world that when the African is given a chance, he can show the world that he is somebody!
We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now on, there is a new African in the world!
WED. 6 MAR.'57
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- WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH 1957 -
THE BIG SIX
Dr. Ebenezer Ako – Adjei, Dr. Edwuard Akuffo Ado, Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Mr. Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and Mr. William Ofori Attah. As we all know, these 6 men were the leaders and key-members of the organization that emerged on August 4th 1947 and was named United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC).
Dr. Edward Akuffo -Addo was born on 26th June 1906 to William Martin Addo-Danquah and Theodora Amuafi, both parents from Akropong.
He was awarded scholarship to St. Peter's College, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom where he studied Mathematics, Politics and Philosophy. In 1971 he was made Doctor of Civil Law at Oxford University.
Whilst in the United Kingdom, he was called to the Middle Temple Bar in London. In 1947 he was a founding Member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) and was detained as one of the "Big Six" after disturbances in Accra in 1948. A year Later he became a member of the Gold Coast Legislative Council and the Coussey Constitutional Commission .
From 1962 to 1964 he became judge at the Supreme Court of Ghana.
He became president of Ghana from 1970 to 1972 and was married to Adeline Akufo-Addo. He deceased on 17th July 1979.
Dr Ebenezer Ako-Adjei was born 17th June 1916 to Samuel Adjei and Johanna Adjei in a village called Adjeikrom.
In 1962 he was honoured by Lincoln University with an Honorary Degree of Doctor in Law.
Founding member of United Gold Coast Convention and one of "The Big Six".
He passed away 14th January 2002.
Joseph Kwame Kyeretwi Boakye Danquah was born December 21st 1895 in Bepong (Ghana).
He studied law and philosophy in London, and later established a private law practice after his return to the British Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1927.
He founded a newspaper, the Times of West Africa.
Co-founded United Gold Coast Convention in 1947 and one of "The Big Six".
Dr. Danquah died on February 4th 1965 in Nsawam (Ghana).
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was born September 21, 1909, at Nkroful in the Western Region.
He went to the United States in 1935 for advanced studies receiving a B.A. from Lincoln University in 1939. He also received an STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) in 1942. Then a Master of Science in education from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Arts in Philosophy shortly after.
Dr Nkrumah continued his education in England, where he helped organize the Fifth Pan-African Congress in 1945.
Dr Nkrumah was invited to serve as the General Secretary to the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) and one of "The Big Six".
He returned to Ghana in 1947 to take up the position but split from it in 1949 to form the Convention People's party (CPP).
He led the Gold Coast to independence as Ghana in 1957 and became the 1st president in 1960.
Dr. Nkrumah passed away in Bucharest, Romania, on April 27th, 1972.
Mr. Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey was born 26th April 1902 in a small village near Ode, a suburb of Accra. Father Jacob Mills-Lamptey and mother Victoria Ayeley Tetteh.
In 1923 he passed his civil service examination and became a clerk in Customs and Excise Department. He worked in Accra till 1930 and in Takoradi till 1934, when he left for the United Kingdom to study law.
Founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention and one of "The Big Six".
He passed away 29th January 1963 in Accra, South Ghana.
Nana William Ofori Atta was the son of Nana Sir Ofori Atta I, born 10th October 1910 in Kibi, Ghana.
He became a lawyer in 1956.
During the second republic, he was Minister for Education and then Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Progress Party government of Dr. Busia.
Member of the United Gold Coast Convention and one of "The Big Six".
He died 14th July 1988 in Ghana.
September 18th 1956 : Announcement of the date of Independence Gold Coast.
12th and 14th November 1956 : Approval newly formed constitution.
7th February 1957 : The Independence Act received Royal Assent.
22nd February 1957 : The Independence Act received the signature by Her Majesty, the Queen.
6th March 1957 : Historical formal day of independence, the date we all remember today!
Africa was divided in 1884-1885 at the Berlin Conference, also known as the “Scramble for Africa” (Rape of Africa).
Pan-Africanists believe that not only do all Africans share the same histor
they also share the same destiny no matter your current location.
Movement that encourages solidarity and emancipation of
all African coun
Africa can o
nly be united through socialism.
“Gold Coast” dates back as early as 1471. See, even though Ghana was a British colony, the name actually originated when the Portuguese were the first Europeans to have stepped foot on our premises to make their presence known through trade. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah changed the name into “Ghana”. This name change was approved 12th November 1956.
The color red stands for the remembrance of the bloodshed that occurred in the long struggle to get to independence.
The color “gold” (not yellow) stands for the riches that our country is blessed with. Ghana was called the Gold Coast for a reason... a lot of gold can be found on our land.
The color“green” stands for the enormous green lands, forest and rich vegetation our land is blessed with. Now finally the five pointed black star that lies in the gold horizontal stripe, is believed to have been borrowed from the flag of Marcus Garvey’s shipping line.
1. British West African Pound
2. Ghanaian Pound
3. Ghana Cedi
GHANA HAS S
UCH A RICH HISTORY!
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