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Founder’s Day in Ghana 2023: Date, History, Facts about Ghana

The quantity of gold found on these shores astonished the first European explorers to arrive in Africa. The word spread, diverse African kingdoms proved amenable to trade, and merchants from all over the globe, including Portugal, England, Sweden, and other European nations, flocked to this region.

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On Founders’ Day, observed on August 4, Ghana commemorates its independence struggle. Previously, the day was spelt ‘Founder’s Day’ and honoured one freedom fighter in particular, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who eventually became the first president of an independent Ghana. Dr. Nkrumah, along with five other members of a political party opposed to British rule, became the movement’s founding fathers. On this day, each is honoured.

The background of Founder’s Day

The quantity of gold found on these shores astonished the first European explorers to arrive in Africa. The word spread, diverse African kingdoms proved amenable to trade, and merchants from all over the globe, including Portugal, England, Sweden, and other European nations, flocked to this region. This region was dubbed the “Gold Coast” due to its abundant gold reserves.

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In the nineteenth century, Britain colonised a large portion of this region, including the territory of Ghana, through purchase or direct conquest. The Gold Coast citizens’ participation in both the first and second World Wars as conscripts in their colonial leader’s army provided them with a broader worldview and a wider range of skills, which they were unable to apply in their rigorously controlled homeland. As a result, nationalists on the Gold Coast intensified their struggle for greater autonomy in their own region. J. B. Danquah, a politician and attorney, along with other educated Africans such as G. A. Grant and R. A. Awoonor-Williams, founded the United Gold Coast Convention, one of the most influential political organisations on the Gold Coast, in an effort to achieve self-governance. Kwame Nkrumah, an outspoken and revolutionary African, was invited to be the general secretary of the U.G.C.C.

The British then murdered three World War II veterans in 1948 during a protest against nonpayment of end-of-service benefits. Dr. Nkrumah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori Atta, and Ebenezer Ako-Adjei were arrested after the U.G.C.C. became involved. This arrest brought the six men immense public notoriety, and they quickly acquired the moniker ‘Bix Six.’

Dr. Nkrumah would ultimately sever ties with the U.G.C.C. and form his own political party, which helped him become Ghana’s first prime minister and, later, president. In March 1957, Ghana became an independent state, and three years later, a republic.

This significant event was commemorated annually on ‘Founder’s Day’ on September 21, which was also Dr. Nkrumah’s birthday. The day was renamed ‘Founders’ Day’ when it was expanded to recognise the contributions of the other members of the ‘Bix Six’ The date was also changed to August 4 to commemorate the founding of the U.G.C.C. On September 21, Ghana commemorates Dr. Nkrumah with the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

Ghana Independence Day 2023: Date, History, Facts about Ghana

5 AWESOME FACTS ABOUT GHANA

Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to declare independence, followed by the others.

Ghana is the second-largest gold exporter in Africa and the seventh-largest gold producer globally.

They were referred to as the “Ashanti Empire” and occupied the present-day region of Ghana. England conducted extensive research on them, which contributed to their worldwide fame.

In addition to highlife and hiplife, Ghana is the birthplace of afro-beat music, which emerged in the early 20th century.

The name of Ghana’s current currency, the cedi, is derived from the African term for those early mollusk shells, the cowry.

FOUNDER’S DAY DATES

Year Date Day
2023 August 4 Friday
2024 August 4 Sunday
2025 August 4 Monday
2026 August 4 Tuesday
2027 August 4 Wednesday
Arshiya Khan
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Arshiya Khan is a Commerce graduate who loves to write on general and trending topics.

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