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Founder’s Day – A View

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 16, 2009

“A country that does not celebrate its heroes is not worth dying for.” It is in this vein that one calls for a more sober interrogation of our history. In fact, it is high time we examined the narrow perspective of the “founding” of Ghana and who the founder/founders was/were.  This has been necessitated by the continuous relegation of other individuals and groups of people who were instrumental in the creation and independence of our country. More often than not credit for the “founding” of this country has been given to a group, “Big Six” (Dr. Joseph Boakye Danquah, Dr. Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi- Lamptey, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Edward Akuffo Addo and William Ofori Atta) or an individual, Kwame Nkrumah. This is evident in the maiden State of the Nation address delivered the President, His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills on Thursday, February 19, 2009 in which he said, “we intend to honour Dr. Nkrumah’s memory with a national holiday to be known as Founder’s Day” and the images of the “Big Six” on our currencies.

Edem Adotey

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7 Responses to “Founder’s Day – A View”

  1. Jojo said

    First I noted that the chap who wrote the article is from the the Institute of African Studies, Legon. So I proceeded with caution to read his obfuscated article which did not surprise me in the least. tell him that by his logic because we all listen to the news on radio and television and make commentary about such news items we are all equally victims, champions or creators of those news items. he must be realistic and wake up from his impetuous intellectual day dreaming.

  2. Kwabena said

    I bet Rashid was sharing a room with the Osagyefo in exile. Shame on you: neo-colonialist againt!

  3. Ras Osebor said

    This piece is an objective, revealing, factual, well researched article. I’m quite impressed about the primary sources employed. I would have been disappointed if it was any less, coming from no mean a man like Afrikkaba Sankofa.

    Keep the fire burning!!!

  4. Nii Armah said

    Brother you have said it all but I will also say that the man Nkrumah marked the climax and turning point in the whole struggle.
    He had a much more bigger view of the whole move, He rather said that instead of just this protectorates and annexes we as Africans have one thing in common, and that is to have an Africa that embodies the entirety of the continent and to fend for ourselves like all others are doing like the Britons, saxons, Tectons, Gaelic and Welsh in morden day England and all others that could be thought of that have defied the odds and made an improvement in their lives.
    Today we have one adversary and that to me is imperial and neocolonialist powers that will derail any improve that an African has sought to make and will ever seek to make.
    Brother, Nkrumah was given by almighty God to do this, is rather unfortunate we had people who were educated and are full blooded Africans who back then did not descend to the gutters like Nkrumah did though educated, to make this known to the ordinary African and we like a blind man followed them to destroy all that Africa stood for and like Brutus and his peers in the shakespear classicals stabbed Nkrumah and Africa in the back.

  5. It’s the greatest and memorable day for this country. Let’s celebrate it with all the pride in us. We deserve it.

  6. No amount of intellectual dishonesty and stupid partisan politics can change Ghana’s illustrous history. Ghana as a nation, was born on March 6, 1957 and the person who led the struggle for independence is undoubtedly the founder of the new country. It is the same way Namibians call Sam Nujoma, the founder of the nation; Indians call Mahatma Gandhi the founder of their nation; and Liberians call Joseph Jenkins Roberts the founder of Liberia. But the self-destruct idiots in Ghana, blinded by tribal and iconoclastic impulses would like to reverse the course of history for their stupid tribal and ethnocentric gains.

  7. Comments on Adotey’s article.

    It is quite unfortunate that people have not actually
    responded to the issues that Adotey raises. They are just attacking him because of their own prejudice and discrimination based on their political and ethnic affiliations.
    They better approach the intellectual issues raised in his article than to be lambasting him for such an analytical, objective, engaging, revealing and thought provoking article. Lets even be careful of our choice of words in criticising people for their opinion. He said ”a view” which connotes the idea that it is not a definite view but something open to a debate.
    In fact, I have a problem with the expression ”Ghana gain independence on 6th March 1957”. This because the present region of modern Ghana had independence from the scratch not until the 1874 when the British establish their hegemony over the then Gold Coast. The polities back then had enjoyed their sovereignty though there were frequent inter-ethnic wars among the various polities. However, by the end of the ninetenth century the people in the region of modern Ghana has lost their sovereignty to the British imperalist, after the Yaa Asantewaa War of 1900. So from this brief history, then Ghana regain independence not gain independence as if we have not been independent before.

    Lets be sincere in our analysis and remarks!

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