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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.

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