Posted by: Isaac Bruce | September 21, 2010

Happy Birthday- Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

     “For We must Unite or Perish, because there is no African Country that is large or strong enough to stand on its own”

Today  (21st September) has been declared a holiday – Founder’s Day. Today signifies the Birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. He became the

first prime and later president of Ghana. He was born on September 21, 1909 (101 years from today), at Nkroful in the then Gold Coast, the son of a goldsmith. Trained as a teacher, he went to the United States in 1935 for advanced studies and continued his schooling in England, where he helped organize the Pan-African Congress in 1945. He returned to Ghana in 1947 and became general secretary of the newly founded United Gold Coast Convention but split from it in 1949 to form the Convention People’s party (CPP). Dr. Nkrumah lead Ghana to gain freedom from the British on 6th March, 1957. – Africa Within

This is the first time in Ghana but I am optimistic this will continue. Apart from the African Union Day also celebrated May 25 every year, the Founder’s Day is another day Ghanaians are remembering in terms of Black Emancipation. Its clear Ghanaians are now thinking more on issues relating to Africa – as they see themselves as leaders in African independence. We cannot continue to hide the truth or pretend as if everything is ok with us. We need a millennium emancipation which seeks to reduce poverty and hunger; this will be our celebrated freedom to the world.

In the same spirit of celebration of the Founder’s Day, I have mixed feelings because my mum and a number of Ghanaian’s are not aware of this holiday and what meaning we should derive out of it. However, I hope channels like these will point out to our law makers of what should be done next time. As if that is not enough, there is no national program at least I am aware of to mark this day significantly.

So, what has alleviating poverty and hunger as the millennium emancipation got to do with African Unity? For this particular purpose, I think they are much more related than they oppose each other. We need to be united in our minds for us to have that freedom that we need as Africans Freedom from Poverty and Hunger. I hope this day will enable our Leaders to think through these issues especially on this day to come up with practical solutions.

I wish you all a happy Founder’s Day Celebrations. Long Live Nkrumah! Long Live the Spirit of Pan-Africanism!



  1. […] Botchwey seems to think Nkrumah’s legacy is fading, yet the following is a link to my dear friend Isaac Bruce’s blog post argues the opposite about this imporant day: happy-birthday-dr-kwame-nkrumah […]

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