Ghanaians celebrates 6th March as the colonial rule came to an end and the dawn of their independence. In 1821, the British Government took control of the British trading forts. In 1844, Fanti chiefs on the Gold Coast signed an agreement with the British that led to the colonial status for the coastal area. In 1902, the British succeeded in establishing firm control over the Ashanti region and making the northern territories a protectorate, the Kingdom of Ashanti was the most powerful Kingdom…
On 6th March, 1957, the Independence Day of Ghana was officially announced. Ghanaians celebrates 6th March as the colonial rule came to an end and the dawn of their independence. They were under the rule of the British and finally with lots of struggle and suffering, the country became Free. Ghana was the first black African country to gain its independence.
The independence day is an extremely important day in the Ghanaian calendar, thousands of people gather in the capital, Accra, to enjoy this day and to greet the first prime minister of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The national flag is raised high as people join in to sing the national anthem. 6th March is being declared a public holiday where workshops, performances,demonstrations are carried out for the people’s amusement.
The largest national spectacle and display of colour takes place in Blackstar square on this day. Each government service is represented in ceremonial dress, the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Firemen, Special Presidential Forces and a selection of schools and colleges parade in front of the President and invited world leaders as well as 30,000 spectators. The military mass band accompanies the event with music,cultural dancers and students from the region paying homage to the President and invited dignitaries.
At night, the skies light up with beautiful fireworks as the people gather to show respect to all the people who fought tirelessly for the independence day of Ghana.
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Credit: Ghana News/History/Education