Thoughts on “60 Years On: Mobilising For Ghana’s Future”
By: Awuradjoa Quansema Sam (Mz Raj : The Versatile Emcee)
That moment when we are all reminded to be proud Ghanaians is with us again. Personally, this year’s Independence Anniversary and all others I have witnessed bring fond memories of my involvement 14years ago, when I delivered the Children’s Independence Day Message in Asante Twi to the then President of Ghana, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufour. And that powerful handshake I received from Mr. President, the Gentle Giant, after my presentation is a memory I will forever cherish.
Today, 6th March 2017, Ghana celebrates it’s 60th year as an Independent Country under the Theme “60 Years On: Mobilising For Ghana’s Future”.
Ebenezer: Thus Far Has The Lord Brought Us.
Characteristic of all Ghana’s Independence Celebrations, the Independence Parade was held across all the Regions of Ghana, with the National Parade at the Independence Square in Accra. Though the National Parade lasted a bit too long (about 4 hours), I stayed glued to my TV set to catch a glimpse of even the tiniest detail.
The ceremony was very colourful with the display of rich Ghanaian culture, which to a large extent, awed some, if not all the invited foreign dignitaries. The cultural performances, parade and colours of the school children and the Security Services was spectacular, while the Makola and Agbogbloshie Market Women Association was a sight to behold as they joined in the parade and displayed some of their wares. I cannot mention the highlights of the ceremony without special mention of the 60 Years On Relay Torch which is a symbol of mobilising for Ghana’s Future for accelerated development and prosperity. The 60th Anniversary cloth, which was outdoored few weeks ago, also featured prominently at the ceremony, eventhough I expected to see some key personalities also clad in the cloth.
The climax, the Independence Day Speech by President Nana Akuffo-Addo, was eloquently delivered and touched on three major issues I would like to share a few thoughts on.
•Honouring our Founding Fathers-The President paid homage to All Founding Fathers (women inclusive) who contributed to building Ghana and did not only emphasize the Big Six as is usually done and taught in our schools.
• State of the Economy-The President envisages a Ghana beyond aid. That may be a discussion for another day. But, I believe you agree with the President that at 60, Ghana deserves to be in a better economic position than it is now. Looking ahead, there is a lot to be done both by the leadership and the citizenry in this regard. How can we grow Ghana’s economy? Something to think about.
• The Environment-Yes, the environment. At 60 can we proudly say we live in a clean, condusive environment, considering that we are engulfed in filth even in the major cities of the Country? Various efforts have been made by previous governments, such as the National Sanitation Day but how sustainable is it and how many of us have ever participated in the programme since its inception? What is the state of our forest reserves? A lot more to think about.
I could go on and on and together, we could identify a lot of setbacks that do not befit the status of a Country that has attained the age of 60. That notwithstanding, Independent Ghana has seen a lot of development these past 60years which cannot be overemphasized and I say Ayeeko to All whose tireless efforts have resulted in the Ghana we see today.
Ghana will work if you and I decide to make it happen. Patriotism, Team work, Discipline, Dedication and Commitment to Duty are some virtues we need to carry along in our everyday walk as we mobilise for Ghana’s Future.
I wish you All a blessed yearlong 60th Anniversary Celebrations.
God Bless Our Homeland Ghana!