(Xinhua) -- Ghana marked its 60th
Independence Day at the Independence Square in the capital Accra
on Monday, with a host of foreign dignitaries showing up to
celebrate its position as the first Sub-Saharan country to
At the Independence Square, troops
drawn from the various security services as well as a
unit of schoolchildren took part in a national
anniversary parade to mark the day, which was also
graced by thousands of Ghanaians and several African
Heads of State including Zimbabwean President Robert
The display of ground and air military
hardware, policing and fire service apparatus added
colour to the national parade.
Similar rallies were held throughout
the country to mark the anniversary.
Addressing the parade, Ghana’s
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said after sixty
years, Ghanaians have run out of excuses, and it is time
to set Ghana to rights and get the country to where it
He said the challenge before the
citizenry is to build the economy and generate a
prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the mass
of the people.
“We have a bright future, and we must
mobilize all our resources and all our strengths,
here and in the Ghanaian Diaspora, to get to that
promised land of prosperity faster,” he said.
(Xinhua) -- Ghana’s President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo delivers a speech during Ghana’s 60th
Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square
in Accra, capital of Ghana.
XINHUA PHOTO: SHI SONG
Ghana, formed from the British
colonies of Gold Coast and Togoland, gained independence from
British rule on March 6, 1957.
60 students receive Independence Day awards from Ghana
-- Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on
Sunday presented awards to 60 students who distinguished
themselves in last year’s Basic Education Certificate
Examination (BECE) for junior high school students.
This award was instituted in 1993 to
commemorate the celebration of Ghana’s birth. Every year, two
graduates from the BECE are selected from each of the 10 regions
for the awards. However 60 students were awarded this year to
commemorate Ghana’s 60th independence birthday.
Among the criteria for selection
include academic criteria, participation in co-curricular
activities, exemplary conducts and other special qualities of
President Akufo-Addo said “to be a
stronger and more innovative nation, Ghana must do all it can to
keep the dreamers dreaming”.
He said Ghana is at the point where it
needs big dreams to complete the transformation of the country.
“It is for this reason that
investments in our educational system have become a key
priority for my government,” he said.
The Minister of Education Matthew
Opoku Prempeh advised the award recipients to eschew complacency
and build on their achievements.
Ghanaians celebrate their 60 years of
independence on Monday after the country attained independence
on March 6, 1957 from Britain.
Ghana central bank introduces
commemorative bank note for 60th anniversary
-- As part of its 60th anniversary
celebrations, Ghana’s central bank unveiled here on Friday a
commemorative Five Ghana cedi (around 1 U.S. dollar) note.
Governor of the Bank of Ghana Abdul
Nashiru Issahaku said the commemorative note was legal tender
and would be in circulation alongside the existing five cedi
It chose the portrait of a great
Ghanaian intellectual, statesman and pioneering educationist,
James Kwegyir Aggrey, as the image on the commemorative note.