A particpant waves the Ghana flag during the Winneba Masquerade Festival in Winneba, Ghana on New Year's Day 2010.

A particpant waves the Ghana flag during the Winneba Masquerade Festival in Winneba, Ghana on New Year's Day 2010.Today Ghana is celeberating its 59 years of independence and we will as usual go into the discussion of whether Ghana has really achieved what a country of its age should achieve.

We are going to compare and contrast Ghana with other nations.

By all means, let’s do that. But when we are done, let’s remember the American democracy we will be comparing ourselves with is over 200 years old.

Ok, maybe, we will look at Singapore and blame our fore fathers for what they did in their days. By all means let us do that.

But when we are done with it, lets remember we can no longer blame our fore fathers because it’s now our turn to cause the change we want to see. The onus falls on our able shoulders to correct the errors we complain our fore fathers did. If we fail, the next generation will equally point accusing fingers at us.

The negative things we see going on today in our society from our leaders down to we ordinary members; from lecturers down to students; from religious leaders down to its followers cannot inspire anyone, not even a toddler. But under no circumstance should we give up and lose hope. We are not where we should be, but at least we are not where we used to be. Lets thank God for where we are today and lift up our eyes to the possibilities ahead. We can be the change we want to see.

Amidst all these economic troubles and challenges facing Ghana, I am optimistic about our destiny as a nation. Ghana can fulfill its God given mandate and be a beacon shining ever so bright.

Ghana is our nation, together we can move it forward.

Source: Abass Musah Tonduogu

Acting Secretary of Young Patriots in the Sissalaland

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