Ghana honours Nkwame Nkrumah

By Lawrence Quartey
Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 16:00

Ghanaians on Wednesday marked founding father Nkwame Nkrumah’s birth with a public holiday.

September 21 was last year designated a public holiday by President Atta Mills’ government in recognition of Nkrumah’s role in liberating Ghana and Africa.

Ghana attained its independence from the British in 1957 and played a crucial role in liberating other African countries. 

Vice President John Dramani Mahama led the commemorations by laying a wreath at the Founder’s Mausoleum.

He appealed to other African leaders to take bold steps to eliminate all territorial barriers to give true meaning to the spirit of the African Union (AU).

Mahama urged the leaders to use the Founders’ Day to reflect on social and economic independence and initiate sustainable economic programmes for their countries’ development and growth.

Former Presidents, John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Horst Kohler of the Federal Republic of Germany attended the ceremony.

Mbeki and Kholer are in Ghana to support a foundation set up in honour of Kufuor.

Mahama laid the wreath on behalf of government and people of Ghana, while Francis Nkrumah, first son of Nkrumah did the honours on behalf of the family.

Kufuor, Mbeki and Kohler also laid their own wreaths.

Mbeki called on the AU to suspend the introduction of any further legislations and protocols until the old ones were effectively implemented, since those previous statutes had been on the drawing board for decades.

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