President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo paid homage to the role of Kwame Nkrumah in the founding of Ghana as well as his relentless pursuit of a United Africa during his speech at the 77th General Assembly Meeting of the United Nations in New York.
Addressing the assembly, Ghana’s President said his speech happens to fall on Nkrumah’s birthday, September 21st, and hence it’s only appropriate to pay homage to Dr Nkrumah.
“Mr President, I am contributing to this debate on a date that has special significance for us in Ghana. 21st September is the date we mark the birth of our first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah. He would have been one hundred and thirteen (113) years old today, and it is worth recalling on this day the driving force of his political career, which was to contribute to the birth of a united Africa, i.e., a United States of Africa.” he said.
“We recognise today, more than ever before, the importance of the strength in unity of Africa, and we are working to shed that image of a helpless, hapless continent,” Akufo-Addo stressed.
He added; “There is a renewed commitment towards an inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and economic integration and the intensity of the challenges we face today is only matched, like never before, by the immensity of the opportunity before us. We, the current leaders of Africa, should be determined not to waste the crisis that confronts us,”
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Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day
Ghana marked Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day on Wednesday, September 21st 2022.
The day was declared a statutory public holiday in Ghana.
Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, was born on September 21st at Nkorful in the Western Region.
He spearheaded the Independence struggle after joining the UGCC and eventually left to form his own party, the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
Nkrumah won elections in 1951 as the head of the CPP and eventually led an Independent Ghana from 6th March 1957.
After nine years in office, he was ousted by a coup d’etat on February 24th, 1966 led by the National Liberation Council (NLC).
Nkrumah died in exile in Bucharest, Romania, in 1972 aged 62.