Ghana will today, September 21, mark the 106th birthday of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
In 2010, the late President John Evans Atta Mills instituted the Founders Day to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The day will be marked with lectures, symposiums and other programs to highlight his achievements and vision.
The Convention People’s Party (CPP) which was founded by Nkrumah will celebrate the 106th birthday of their founder who was born on September 21, 1909.
Since the Founders Day falls on Monday, the day has been declared a national holiday in Ghana.
The CPP last year said it is not enough to set a day aside as a holiday to celebrate Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The party called for the day to be linked to an activity such as a cleanup exercise to make it more productive.
The government has called on Ghanaians to reflect on the contribution of Dr Kwame Nkrumah “to the growth of the country” as Ghana marks Founder’s Day today.
The Day has been set aside to honour Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
“We call on all Ghanaians to soberly reflect on the life and times of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the unique man of valour who led Ghana to independence, initiated and propelled Ghana on a path of socio-economic transformation and worked tirelessly to ensure freedom for the oppressed,” a statement signed by the Minister for Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah stated.
September 21st of each year, Founder’s Day, which is the birthday of Dr. Nkrumah, is celebrated as a holiday in Ghana in honour of the country’s first President for his unparalleled selflessness, dedication to the liberation of Ghana and Africa and his unending spirit of no-compromise in so far as Ghana’s interest was at stake.
Dr. Omane Boamah noted that President John Dramani Mahama has through hard work, perseverance, tolerance and patriotic zeal, recaptured the vision to transform the structure of the Ghanaian economy.
“We are working towards the attainment of a transformed economy. Working together as one people with a common and uniform destiny we shall succeed in this Agenda for Transformation,” the statement added.