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Mahama celebrates Nkrumah: Founder of modern Ghana

Former President John Mahama has maintained that irrespective of the attempt to rewrite Ghana’s history, its first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s name would forever be written in gold.

In a facebook post, Mr. Mahama described Dr. Nkrumah as someone who marched his words with action.

In 2010 former president Prof. John Evans Atta Mills instituted 21st September as a statutory holiday to celebrate Founder’s Day in memory of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The decision was opposed by persons who felt Nkrumah was not the founder of Ghana, including Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party who believes Ghana’s history has to be revised.

He has therefore proposed that September 21 should rather be marked as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day. Pending parliamentary approval, August 4 would be declared a public holiday and observed as Founders’ Day instead.

But former president Mahama believes Dr. Nkrumah is the founder of modern Ghana.

“It remains a dark irony of our history that, the very political tradition which conspired to truncate his unparalleled vision on 24th February 1966, is today seeking to revise Ghana’s history,” he said in his post.

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Read John Mahama’s message below:

On the 21st day of September, I join millions all over the world to remember Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah- the Founder of Ghana, a global icon and the BBC Listeners “Man of the Millennium”.

Osagyefo’s emergence as the Founder of modern Ghana and an international symbol of freedom was not by accident. He was a Pan-Africanist, a philosopher, a writer, and a visionary who matched his words with actions. His towering personality is still recognized in Ghana and beyond.

It remains a dark irony of our history that, the very political tradition which conspired to truncate his unparalleled vision on 24th February 1966, is today seeking to revise Ghana’s history.

The song “Kwame Nkrumah never dies” has proved true not in the sense of his immortality but in the fact that his name will continue to be written in letters of gold whenever the history of Ghana, Africa and the world is recounted.

It is an indisputable fact that Nkrumah was the critical spark that put Ghana on a high velocity path to independence.

Happy Founder’s Day Fellow Ghanaians.

Source: 3news.com | Ghana

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