Embassy of Ghana in Seoul celebrated its Independence Day in a gala reception held at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on March 6.On hand at the event hosted by H.E.Amb. Difie Agyarko Kusi, were members of foreign diplomatic corps accredited to Korea, 400 plus well-wishers from the all segments from socio-political and business communities in Korea.
This statutory public holiday is celebrated on 6 March to mark Ghana's National Day and commemorate Ghana's independence from the United Kingdom in 1957.
The 61st Independence Day celebration is under the theme “Ghana Beyond Aid.”
According to Amb. Difie Agyarko Kusi, people of Ghana take a look at the significance of this milestone and a few things to know about the country’s
Formerly known as The Gold Coast due to its abundance of the precious metal, Ghana was named after the ancient Ghana Empire, which was located in the north of modern Ghana and between Rivers Senegal and Niger. Ghana was colonized for over a century by the British. Before colonization, the country was made up of several independent kingdoms, including Asante (Ashanti), Gonja, and Dagomba.
While Ghana’s independence is largely attributed to Nkrumah, the late pan-Africans leader didn’t work alone.
He was part of “The Big Six” leaders of Ghana, who in 1947 formed the United Gold Coast Convention which campaigned for sovereignty. The five other leaders were Obestsebi-Lamptey, Dr. Ako-Adjei, Edward Akuffo Addo, J.B. Danquah, and William Ofori Atta.
The name ‘Ghana’ means ‘Warrior King’, and so it should be no surprise that it was the nation which was christened Ghana which would be the one to step out and take back its heritage and reclaim its name. The fight was not easy, and reached further back than the days of Yaa Asantewaa, a woman who epitomized the core zeal and strength of the African woman as she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism.
In 2017, Ghana celebrated 60 years of independence. Ghana’s struggle for economic growth is not a struggle for Ghana alone but for the whole Africa, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
President Akufo-Addo made the point when he delivered a keynote address at the 61st Independence Anniversary celebration on Tuesday, at the Black Star Square in Accra.Similar parades of school children and security forces were held in all the regions of Ghana.
The Independence parade is an annual event held at the Independence Square, as part of the celebration to commemorate the declaration of Independence on 6th March 1957.
President Akufo-Addo paid homage to all those who fought for the independence of Ghana, adding Ghanaians not to distort or forget the history that bought Ghana this far.
"Sixty-one years ago on this day, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah proclaimed: ‘Ghana is free forever. But the independence of Ghana would be meaningless if not linked up to the total liberation of Africa.”
Now, here in the present, an independent Ghana is being celebrated as the model for African progress and development, a poster child for economic success, anti-imperialism, stability and democracy in Africa; celebrated within the continent for being at the centre of the liberation struggle and therefore holding a special place in pan-African history.
So as we celebrate 61 years of independence, 61 years of standing on our own two feet, proud and free, what is the mantra of a free Ghana as we look to the future? I think Mr. Michael Kwame Gbordzoe said it best when he wrote the following to assist in the composition of our national anthem, composed by Philip Gbeho: od bless our homeland Ghana, and make our nation great and strong. Bold to defend forever, the cause of freedom and of right Fill our hearts with true humility, make us cherish fearless honesty And help us to resist oppressor’s rule with all our will and might forevermore.?
The Independence Arch (monument) in Accra, Ghana..
As the flag of the new nation was raised on 6 March, 1957, it symbolized victory and new beginnings. Designed by Theodosia Okoh, a Ghanaian stateswoman, teacher, and artist, the flag consists of three pan-African colours: red, yellow, and green. The red symbolizes the blood of the black Africans that was shed during the country’s struggle for independence. The yellow represents the country’s mineral wealth, while the green is a symbol of Ghana’s rich forests and vegetation. The black star in the centre of the flag was reportedly adopted from the flag of the Black Star Line, a shipping corporation established by Jamaican political leader Marcus Garvey.
Inspired by the Ethiopian flag, the Ghanaian flag was the second African flag to feature a combination of red, yellow and green. The design of Ghana’s flag, in turn, influenced that of many other African countries on attainment of independence.
As to the important developments scheduled between Korea and your country, she notedthat relations between Ghana and South Korea have grown steadily since Ghana first established diplomatic relations
with South Korea in 1977. Various initiatives have been undertaken towards strengthening the existing warm bilateral relations and enhancing political economic and technical cooperation between the two countries.
"Korea is emerging as a major source of foreign direct investment (FDI) as well as technology transfer," Ghana envoy said pointing out that sharing of
knowledge and expertise plays a crucial role bolstering two-way economic interactions in agriculture, health, power transmission and education
just to mention just a few.
She then noted that Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has been undertaking many projects over the years, with some recent examples of
the cooperation being the Dawhenya Integrated Rural Development Project.
Ghana recently benefited from a concessionary loan facility of $200 million from the Korean Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF).
There have been many visits to Korea by Ghanaian Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Parliamentarians and officials. Some of the Ministers who visited Korea include Hon. George Andah, Deputy Minister for Communications, who led a delegation to attend the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World 2017 Exhibition in Busan. The delegation included parliamentarians like A.B.A. Fuseini and Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng.
Others are Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Kwarteng, Deputy Minister for Finance who led a six-man delegation to attend a workshop organised by the Korea Development Institute in January 2018.
Again, in February 2018, a three(3) member delegation led by Mr. Ben N. Mensah, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee attended the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
Concerning a possible visit to Korea of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, I can assure you that arrangements will be concluded through diplomatic channels to make the visit possible.
Before the arrival of Europeans, Ghana was the location of the Ashanti, a powerful tribe in the region. The area had an abundance of natural resources,
including gold and ivory, which attracted the attention of colonists.
While the Portuguese had been the first to establish a settlement in the region, the attractiveness of the local riches led to a struggle for
control between many European nations. In 1874, Britain took control over parts of the country, naming them the British Gold Coast.
Weakened by the efforts of World War II, Britain had began the process of reducing its colonies around the world, including those Africa.
The currency of Ghana is called the cedi. The word 'cedi' comes from a word meaning a cowry shell. Cowry shells were once used as money in Ghana.
This desire was matched by a rising call for independence in the Gold Coast. In 1947, the United Gold Coast Convention called for "self-government within the shortest possible time" following the Gold Coast legislative elections. In 1951, Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah won a majority in the Gold Coast legislative election and in 1952. Nkrumah was appointed leader of the Gold Coast government.
The Gold Coast region declared its independence from the United Kingdom on 6 March 1957 and established the nation of Ghana. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve indepen
HIghlight of the event was a special art performance program played by members of Safari Kids Dance Academy in Seoul headed by Ms Park Ji-young. All members of the traditional Korean dance performing group are children attending the Korean primary schools.
"At the Safari Kids Dance Academy, we offer balanced and well-researched curriculum which is an ideal combination of Social-emotional development, play,development of skills and arts for primary school children," Ms Park said. More recently, her dance performing group visited primary schools in Japan from Feb.26 to March 1, 2018 to promote friendship between primary schools in Korea and the neighboring country.