Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ghana’s 50th Independence Anniversary: President Kabbah to be Guest of Honour

The President, Alhaji Dr. Ahmed Tejan Kabbah is among many African heads of states that has been invited by the African Union Chairman who is also the President of Ghana His Excellency John Agyokun Kufuor, to celebrate Ghana’s 50th Independence Anniversary on the 6th March, 2007.

President Kabbah has already graciously accepted the invitation.

This disclosure was made by the Ghanaian High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, H.E. Dr. Mrs. Molowa Blay Adu-Gyamfi at a press conference held at the Ghana High Commission in Freetown.

Ghana began its journey of self government with a solemn pledge that its own independence would forever remain meaningless as long as any portion of African soil remained colonized, and the Ghanaian envoy said in fulfillment of that promise, Ghana committed itself and its total liberation to the unification and development of the continent.

She said 50 years later, “We are proud as a nation to say that we remain committed to the pledge of our founding fathers, especially Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkruma, to use our independence and nationhood for the betterment of all Africa.”

She added that she equally celebrate the renaissance of our beloved country as an icon in democratic governance on the continent.

Dr. Mrs. Adu-Gyamfi praised late Dr. Nkrumah, who she said made Ghana the Mecca of all African freedom fighters and used the resources of Ghana to provide ideological and material support towards the decolonization of the continent.

“Happily, there is no country in Africa left under colonial rule today. As we celebrate our 50th Independence anniversary, we rejoice with the fact that in spite of many periods of uncertainly and difficulties, we as a nation, have managed to stay together to this day. We have given ourselves a functional democratic constitution which is standing up to the test of time”, the High Commissioner said.

She told the press that the jubilee celebration with be done with the theme “Ghana championing African excellence,” and a lot of activities have been lined up starting in January 2007 to December 2007 including radio discussions, and public lectures delivered by high profile Ghanian personalities including former UN Chief Kofi Annan. Here in Sierra Leone, they have outlined programmes to commemorate the 50th anniversary throughout the month of March including a reception at Bintumani Hotel, and a Thanksgiving Service

She explained that relations between Ghana and Sierra Leone have witnessed tremendous progress, and hoped that the relationship between the two countries will continue to grow in the future.

Link to Standard Time Press