By Ahedor Jessica
The President of the republic of Ghana Nana Akufo Addo has paid tribute to all senior citizens across the country for their fight of making independence a reality to Ghanaians. In commemorating this year’s Founders day in Accra, Ghana, the president in his message to the nation on Sunday August 4, 2019 acknowledged the role of the country’s forebears saying, “we acknowledge the role played by successive generations of Ghanaians towards the liberation of our country from colonization and imperialism.”
The president also urged the citizenry to rise above partisan politics in other to collectively move the nation forward after gaining freedom. Founders’ Day in Ghana is a statutory public holiday celebrated on August 4 annually in Ghana Annually. With this year’s edition falling on Sunday, Monday 5 August is to be observe as a holiday, according to a public notice issued by the Ministry of Interior. Prior to the passing of the Public Holiday Amendment Bill into law in March 2019, September 21 which is the birthday of Ghana’s first democratically elected, president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was regarded as the Founder’s Day.
Founders’ Day Celebration in Ghana
August 4th marks two important milestones in Ghana’s history. The day is the date for the formation of the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society by John Mensah Sarbah in 1897, and the formation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947 by J.B. Danquah and George Alfred “Paa” Grant.
Again, in 1874, Great Britain colonized Ghana and was then referred to as the Gold Coast, after World War II weakened Britain, there was a rising desire for independence, with Ghana becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence, on 6 March 1957.