Ghana celebrates Founders’ Day today

Today is Founders’ Day and a statutory public holiday observed to commemorate the contributions of all the people, notably the Big Six who led the struggle for Ghana’s independence.

Prior to the passing of the Public Holiday Amendment Bill into law in March 2019, the holiday on was observed on September 21st to celebrate the achievements of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The “Founder’s Day” is also a day for Ghanaians to reflect on the sacrifices of their fore-bearers who fought for Ghana’s independence. Here is a news desk report.

On Founders’ Day, celebrated on August 4, Ghana commemorates its struggle for independence.

This wasn’t always the case earlier, the day was spelled ‘Founder’s Day’ and honored one freedom fighter in particular, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who eventually became independent Ghana’s first president.

Dr. Nkrumah, along with five other members of a political party against British rule, became the founding fathers of Ghana’s freedom movement.

They are all honored on this day.

Kwame Nkrumah was Ghana’s first president and a member of the Big six. He was born on 21 September, hence, the “Founder’s” Day celebration on 21 September in each year in honour of his participation in the Ghanaian movement for independence from British colonial rule.

Other members of the “Big Six” were Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori Atta, and Ebenezer Ako-Adjei.

Ghana celebrates Founders' Day today

There were several thoughts and realizations of the leaders of the Present President Akufo Addo’s regime that other members of the “Big Six” who were part of the struggles for Ghana’s independence must be honour as part of the celebration.

The name was changed from “Founder’s Day” to “Founders’ Day”. Meaning that the word is plural to include other member of the “Big Six” as part of Ghana’s “Founder’s Day” celebration and in honour of them.

Ghanaians also observe the “Founders’ Day” to include activities that will encourage the people within the country and in the diaspora to accept Ghana as their homeland.

Besides the celebration of the “Founders’ Day” citizenry is encouraged to continues to honor Dr. Nkrumah on September 21 with the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

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