By Edzorna Francis Mensah
Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA) has held a wealth laying ceremony at Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park in Accra to celebrate Dr. Kwame Nkrumah for his tremendous contributions to building Ghana and Africa on his birthday.
Ghana’s First Ambassador to China, and Cuba and founder of GHACHIFA Kojo Amoo-Gottfried was among the National Executives of GHACHIFA to perform the brief ceremony in hounour Osagyefor Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in the present of hundred local and foreign tourists who trooped to the park to mark the day and share memories.
In a short briefing, Ambassador Kojo Amoo-Gottfried called on African leaders to up the game for African Citizens as started by Dr. Nkrumah who has established an economic and trade partnership with China at the country was developing stage- “today we are celebrating the great Ghanaian who led us through our struggle for independent. He struggled not for the independence of Ghana but for Africa. Nkrumah was one who showed the world what Ghana was and why Ghana is revered around the world”.
“We are here also in respect of the Association with China when Nkrumah went to China to bring this kind of Association”, he acknowledged.
Chairman GHACHIFA Anani Demuyakor described the day as an important day in the history of Africa and “the day set aside to “celebrate our former president Nkrumah is a great founder of Ghana and Africa Unity and to also remind us of the great things he did”.
He also thinks the newly refurbished Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park was long overdue but the new edifice is great and we are not celebrating him enough in Ghana”
The General Secretary of the Association, Benjamin Anyagre on his part, said, that Nkrumah was a visionary with a big dream to eradicate poverty in Ghana and Africa by setting the tone for industrialization for sustainable jobs for all.
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day in Ghana is a national holiday celebrated on September 21st to commemorate the life and legacy of Ghana’s first Prime Minister and President, Kwame Nkrumah. The day celebrates Nkrumah’s many contributions to the country, including his leadership in the fight for independence from Britain.
This holiday commemorates the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President.
Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian politician, political revolutionist, and theorist. He was famously known as the first Prime Minister and President of Ghana. He was one of the major driving forces behind leading the Gold Coast to independence from Britain
Prior to the passing of the Public Holiday Amendment Bill into law in March 2019, the holiday on September 21st was known as Founders’ Day. Founder’s Day will now be celebrated with a public holiday on August 4th.