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Ghana marks Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day

The day is put aside to recollect and respect Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who prior was Prime Minister and Africa’s chief hero of mainland solidarity and freedom of the dark race.

The day will be set apart with talks and occasions to honor the accomplishments and tradition of Dr Nkrumah.


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Among the exercises made arrangements for the festival is a presentation of the Change of Guard at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra at 1700 hours, a wreath laying service by the Convention People’s Party and the dispatch of a dish Africanist exhibition hall by President Akufo-Addo.

The Government of previous and late President John Evans Atta Mills started enactment in Parliament to pronounce September 21, an occasion in memory of Dr Nkrumah. In September 2009, President John Atta Mills announced September 21st (the centennial of Kwame Nkrumah’s introduction to the world in 1909) to be Founder’s Day, a legal occasion in Ghana.

Before, the festival of the day had been set apart with some debate.

The Founder’s Day versus Founders Day banter has been a longstanding one, and was brought into the spotlight in 2017, beginning with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s discourse conveyed at Ghana’s 60th freedom commemoration march.

While some are of the view that Dr Nkrumah is the sole organizer of Ghana, others imagine that there were numerous individuals who added to the establishing of the advanced territory of Ghana, outstandingly different individuals from Big Six, six pioneers of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), the main ideological group in the British state of the Gold Coast.

The other establishing individuals from the UGCC, from which Nkrumah split away to shape the Convention People’s Party (CPP) were Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori Atta.

It is contended that they likewise assumed essential parts in the freedom battle and should be praised close by the principal President

In 2017, after the overseeing New Patriotic Party (NPP) had come to control through a prior general political race, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, the current Speaker of Parliament, on August 4, in a public talk, as a feature of Ghana’s 60th autonomy commemoration festivities exercises additionally tested the situation of Dr Kwame Nkrumah as the Founder of present day Ghana, feeding further debates on the festival of Nkrumah the sole organizer of Ghana

Afterward, President Akufo-Addo proposed enactment to assign August 4 as Founders Day, and the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, on September 21, initially saw as Founder’s Day, to be seen as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

The reasoning advising this proposition, as per the President, was to recognize the “progressive ages of Ghanaians who made fundamental commitments to the freedom of our nation from government and imperialism.”

President Akufo-Addo, in an announcement stated: “it is altogether suitable that we honor him for that function, by assigning his birthday as the perpetual day of his recognition.”

He gave an Executive Instrument to remember the festival of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day as a public occasion.

That position went under assault over what some said was a slanted record of Ghana’s history to suit his dad, Edward Akufo-Addo and uncle, J.B. Danquah, who were basic segments in Ghana’s battle for freedom and the forebearers of the administering New Patriotic Party’s custom.

Conceived Francis Nwia-Kofi Ngonloma, in Nkroful, a town in the then Gold Coast, the British province that was to become Ghana to Kofi Ngonloma, a goldsmith, and Elizabeth Nyaniba, a broker, Nkrumah lived, and inhaled his keep going on April 27, 1972, in Bucharest, Romania.

He went to Achimota School and furthermore prepared as an educator. He went to the United States in 1935 for cutting edge examines, accepting a B.A. from Lincoln University in 1939.

He additionally got a STB (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) in 1942, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942 and a Master of Arts in Philosophy the next year.

While addressing in Political Science at Lincoln, Dr Nkrumah was chosen President of the African Students Organization of America and Canada.

He proceeded with his tutoring in England, where he assisted with sorting out the Fifth Pan-African Congress in 1945.

He at that point established the West African National Secretariat to work for the decolonisation of Africa. Nkrumah likewise filled in as Vice-President of the West African Students’ Union (WASU).

Following twelve years abroad seeking after advanced education, building up his political way of thinking and sorting out with other diasporian Pan-Africanists, Nkrumah got back to the Gold Coast to start his political vocation as a promoter of public autonomy.

During his lifetime, Nkrumah was granted privileged doctorates by Moscow State University, Cairo University, Jagielloniaan University in Krakow, Poland and Humboldt University in previous East Germany.

He split away from the United Gold Coast Convention, and on June 12, 1949 to frame the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

The CPP made quick progress through its exceptional appeal to the regular elector.

He was made Chairman, with Komla Agbeli Gbedemah as Vice Chairman and Kojo Botsio as Secretary. Different individuals from the Central Committee included N.A. Welbeck, Kwesi Plange, Krobo Edusei, Dzenkle Dzewu and Ashie Nikoi.

Dr Nkrumah announced “positive activity” on January 8, 1950 before a huge CPP swarm at a public gathering in Accra. He made a trip to Sekondi, Cape Coast and Takoradi to rehash it.

The pioneer government announced a highly sensitive situation which produced results from January 12, 1950 and denied the holding of parades, forced curfews and separated public administrations in specific regions.

Dr Nkrumah was captured on January 21, 1950, went after for inducing an unlawful strike and dissidence for an article in the Cape Coast Daily Mail and condemned to three years detainment.

Mr Gbedemah kept the gathering running and was in consistent touch with Dr Nkrumah who was held at the James Fort Prison from where messages were carried out on tissue to the gathering base camp.

While in jail, Dr Nkrumah drove the CPP to accomplish a dazzling triumph in the February 1951 political race.

He was liberated to shape a legislature, and he drove the settlement to freedom in 1957.

A firm devotee to African freedom, Nkrumah sought after an extreme dish African arrangement, assuming a key part in the development of the Organization of African Unity, presently African Union, in 1963.

At home, he drove a huge financial improvement that saw the jumping up of framework the nation over.

As time passed, he was blamed for being a despot and furthermore of shaping a one-party state in 1964, with himself as President forever, just as effectively advancing his very own faction character.

Ousted by the military in 1966 with the assistance of Western support, he spent his last a long time in a state of banishment, biting the dust in Bucharest, Romania, on April 27, 1972. His heritage and dream of a “US of Africa” actually stays an objective among many.

Nkurmah envisioned an assembled Africa. On March 6, 1957, following ten years of lobbying for Ghanaian freedom, Nkrumah was chosen President and Ghana picked up autonomy from British guideline.

A persuasive promoter of skillet Africanism, Nkrumah was an establishing individual from the Organization of African Unity, presently African Union, and was its third Chairman; and victor of the Lenin Peace Prize, a prize was chiefly granted to conspicuous Communists and allies of the then Soviet Union who were not Soviet residents from the Soviet Union, in 1962.

He became Prime Minister in 1952 and held the position when Ghana pronounced autonomy from Britain in 1957. In 1960, Ghanaians affirmed a republican.constitution and chose Nkrumah as President.

In 1960, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr. Kwame was sworn into office as the main President of Ghana, and on July 1, 1960, the nation was broadcasted a republic.

The Administration of Kwame, as he was lovingly called, was fundamentally communist just as patriot. It financed public modern and vitality ventures, built up solid public training framework and advanced a container Africanist culture. Under Nkrumah, Ghana assumed a main function in African worldwide relations during the decolonization time frame.

In 1964, a sacred alteration made Ghana a one-party state, with Nkrumah as president for life of both the country and its gathering.

Nkrumah will consistently be associated with the amazing discourse he conveyed on the day Ghana picked up autonomy, March sixth 1957, declaring “Ghana will be free for eve” from British guideline, to a huge number of Ghanaian assembled at the old polo grounds currently facilitating a catacomb to his memory. The discourse was critical as it surrendered the British authority over the Gold coast.

In February 1966, while Nkrumah on a state visit to Vietnam and China, his administration was ousted in a military upset which brought the National Liberation Council, to control. Under the oversight of worldwide budgetary foundations, the military Junta privatized a significant number of the nation’s state enterprises.

Nkrumah carried on with an incredible remainder in Guinea, where he was named privileged co-president by President Sekou Toure.

Nkrumah was intensely impacted by African history, container Africanist like Jamaican conceived Marcus Garvey, Dr Dubois and George Padmore just as communism. He was not materialistic and a firm devotee to the capacity of the African to contribute definitively to human progress.

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