On March 6, 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from colonial rule. This year’s celebrations are particularly significant, as the country looks back on its history and celebrates its progress.
This year’s event was themed “Our Unity, Our Strength, Our Purpose” with a special guest of honor, President Umaro Siccoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
The festivities began with a parade in Ho, where thousands of Ghanaians gathered to celebrate the country’s freedom. The parade featured members of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Police Service, and other uniformed services. Dressed in their colorful ceremonial uniforms, the soldiers marched to the beat of drums and the blare of trumpets, while the crowd cheered and waved flags.
President Nana Akufo-Addo delivered a speech at the parade, reflecting on Ghana’s achievements since independence and mentioning his confidence that Ghana was on the right path, although we would need each other to succeed. He said, “The enemy we face is not each other.” “We can only win this battle if we stick together and pull in the same direction, regardless of our divergent viewpoints.”
“I am confident that we are on the right path, and I ask for your support so that we can continue the transformation of Ghana in peace.” He pleaded.
Ghanaians from all walks of life came together to celebrate their country’s independence, with many expressing their pride and love for Ghana. “Today is a day to celebrate our freedom, our culture, and our history,” said Kwame Owusu, a resident of Accra. “We have come a long way since 1957, and we have much to be thankful for.” Ghana is a great country, and I am proud to be a Ghanaian.
As the sun set on Accra, fireworks lit up the sky, marking the end of the day’s festivities. Ghana may be 66 years old, but its spirit of independence and determination is as strong as ever. The country looks forward to a bright future filled with peace, prosperity, and progress.