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Ghana @ 56

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Wednesday marked the 56th birthday of Ghana our motherland. Hurray!  The day will be observed with national and regional parades of schoolchildren and the security services as well as cultural displays.

On March 6, 1957, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah declared Ghana as an independent country, having changed its name from Gold Coast to Ghana.

Ghana, thus, became the first country in south of the Sahara to gain independence from colonial rule, marking a new chapter in its history.

On the eve of Ghana’s independence,  an emotional Kwame Nkrumah (then Prime Minister) proclaimed at the old Polo Grounds in Accra, "At long last, the battle has ended and Ghana, our beloved country is free forever." He was  flanked by  other political  leaders and, together,  they are  popularly known as the Big Six. The others  were J.B. Danquah, Obetsebi Lamptey, Akufo Addo, William Ofori Atta and Ako Adjei.

The Independence Day will always remain a memorable one for school children  as it often affords them the opportunity to join their mates from other schools as well as the security services to be of service to the country with parades  throughout the country.

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Since 1993, the independence celebration has also been an occasion when the President awards scholarship to deserving Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) graduands.

Originally, 10 students from each of the 10 regions of the country were awarded until 2001 when the number was increased to 20 to make room for boys and girls from all the regions to enjoy this privilege

This year will not be  an exception as you will be required to join your mates at the various regional and district parade grounds and at the Independence Square in Accra for this special occasion.

Other activities marking the celebration is the Open Day by the Ghana Armed Forces on March 7, 2013 in all the Military Garrisons across the country. This is the day you can walk freely to the premises of the Ghana Armed Forces, ask them questions about their operations and  tour their facilities. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a flight in a military aircraft, sit in some of their vehicles and generally have fun with the armed forces.

Story by Severious Kale-Dery/Junior Graphic