Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum

We have gone through so many phases of struggles to attain progress as a people. From when we were a free people knowing no borders till when we were colonised by the erstwhile colonizers who named our land as Gold Coast.

It is worth to note that indeed the struggle to break the shackles and chains of colonization was started by some and continued by others until we eventually became independent. We must know our history as a people and celebrate our heroes accordingly. Whoever played a pivotal role in our attainment of independence must be acknowledged.

I would like to commend the President; Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo for his proposal to establish Founders Day(August 4th) and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day(September 21st). This in my opinion will solve all the riddles and controversies surrounding wether the day to commemorate those who fought for independence should be “FOUNDER’s” or “FOUNDERS” DAY.

This debate stems from different schools of thought, some argue that The first President deserve the credit for the attainment of independence hence the day to celebrate such a great stride in our history should be dubbed as “FOUNDER’s” day. Others are also of the view that, the struggle was started by some and others came to continue hence the day should be dubbed as “FOUNDERS”, given a plurality of actors and players and not as singularized by the former.

I think this legislation proposed by the President will settle the score now and satisfy all students from the different schools of thoughts. One suggestion that I would like to make is that, in the commemoration of the FOUNDERS day, all notable figures should be acknowledged not only a few. I would be glad if the Three Ex-Service men(Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey) shot in 1948 at the Osu Castle Crossroads will be given their place of recognition. Their names have subtly been shunned but their deaths were a major spark to the fight to attain independence.

The Memorial day for the first President is in line with his major contribution to the nation’s freedom as we all are enjoying now. In fact, I as a son in-law of Prof. Abdul Rahman Babu(Zanzibarian Freedom Fighter) a close friend of Kwame Nkrumah, learnt a great deal from my father in-law about him. What the President is seeking to do should be upheld and commended by all and sundry in the Dankwa-Dombo-Busia Tradition and those who always try to renounce Nkrumah as haven’t done nothing and doesn’t deserve honour to also desist from that.

In fact, Nkrumah laid the foundations that we are all building upon now. Let’s give him his right place in history. I hereby support the President trying to institute a Founders day which is meant to give credence to major players or “soldiers” in the struggle for the attainment of independence with Nkrumah as the standing “General” who won the battle and a Memorial Day to solely celebrate the “Independence General” is alsder or “General”. Kudos Mr. President. I applaud you for this.

David KANKAM BOADU writes;

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