The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has scheduled a solidarity march in Accra to mark this year’s Founder’s Day on Thursday.
September 21 has been celebrated since 2009 – when the NDC returned to power – as a public holiday to mark the birth of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
There has been controversy over the celebration as to whether to celebrate one or all nationalists who contributed to Ghana’s independence.
While some want the holiday to be known as Founders’ Day, others maintain it should be Founder’s Day to commemorate Dr Nkrumah. Others still think it should be Founders Day.
The controversy was deepened on Sunday when the Presidency said President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo has tabled a Legislative Instrument to Parliament to have a Founders Day on August 4 and September 21 to be marked only as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.
A statement issued by the NDC on Monday says the march, which will begin from Nima and end up near the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, will be to celebrate “the Founder and first President of the Republic of Ghana”.
“Party loyalists must endeavour to show up massively to join the March in solidarity with all Ghanaians as well as all Socialist and Progressive Forces,” the statement signed by Deputy General Secretary Koku Anyidoho said.