Ghana's President, John Atta-Mills is
scheduled to deliver an early morning speech Monday to begin celebrations
marking the 100th anniversary of founding President, the late Kwame
The government declared Monday a public holiday, fulfilling
President Atta-Mills' promise during last year's general election.
Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, to independence in 1957 from
colonial power Britain.
He is noted for playing a pivotal role in championing
the course for African unity that led to formation of the Organization of
African Unity (OAU).
is famously remembered when he declared that Ghana's Independence was
meaningless unless it was linked to the total liberation of the African
Sekou Nkrumah, son of Ghana's first president told VOA that the founding president stood tall among his peers in Ghana and in
personally proud that we in Ghana are celebrating of 100 years of Nkrumah, his
life, his struggle, his politics, and all that he represented. Here is someone
who gave us our independence, of course, along with others. He also represented
that voice for the unity of the continent," Nkrumah said.
said the first president stood for the good of the common man.
was) in a sense a nation builder, who wanted us to have self belief in our
abilities in our people. He built the infrastructure for the development of our
country. He wanted a rapid development for us to catch up with the developing
world, and that is why he wanted to focus on industrialization," he said.
said Osagyefo Nkrumah wanted Africans to know they are capable of running their
also had this vision and made all of us proud, the Ghanaians, Africans and the
black race in general," Nkrumah said.
Nkrumah was overthrown in 1966 through a coup d'état that forced him into exile
in Guinea, Conakry.
described as unfortunate not having the opportunity to know his father after
feel great, but I didn't really know Nkrumah. I was two years when he was
overthrown, and when I was exiled in Egypt, he went to Guinea. But I would say,
I think am proud as other Ghanaians are," Nkrumah said.
said there are different themes as part of the centenary celebration.
celebration will run till next year. The high points are; Nkrumah's birthday.
That is today. Then you have sixth of
March next year. Then May 25th. That is AU (African Union) day…the high point
also represents Nkrumah's life and struggle," he said.
said the founding president was a visionary.
years ago, the same things that Nkrumah talked about are the same things our
leaders are still talking about. We have not really made moves very far from
there," he said.
Ghana's Vice President John Mahama visited Nkrumah's burial site over the
weekend in his home town at Nkroful in the western region.
visit forms part of the government's plan to educate Ghanaians about the life
and vision of the founding president.