Today, September 21, Ghana commemorates Kwame Nkrumah Day.
This holiday honors the birthdate of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s principal independence fighter, first prime minister, and first president.
This day off on September 21 was formerly recognized as Founder’s Day.
The Akufo-Addo administration decided to mark August 4 as Founders’ Day instead, citing the contributions of numerous statesmen to Ghana’s independence.
Dr. Nkrumah served as prime minister both before and after Ghana’s 1957 victory over the British.
He was the main proponent of independence.
After Ghana became a Republic in 1960, he was elected as the first president of the country.
During his tenure as president, Kwame Nkrumah implemented socialist policies and oversaw a number of sizable national initiatives aimed at boosting the country’s economy and educational system.
But a coup led to his removal in 1966.
Pan-Africanist Dr. Nkrumah is considered to be the greatest African.
His famous Independence Day Speech, in which he declared that “Ghana’s independence is meaningless unless it is linked with the total liberation of the African continent,” is forever remembered across the continent as an attempt to unite the continent.
If Dr. Nkrumah were still living, he would be 113 years old.