Independence Day Of The Republic Of Gold Coast (Ghana)
WAELE AFRICA Foundation Wishes to congratulate the government and people of Ghana on the occasion of her 63th independence. We wish your country and all its people happiness, continued success and prosperity.
On 6 March 1957, the Gold Coast (now known as Ghana) gained independence from Britain. Ghana became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and was led to independence by Kwame Nkrumah who transformed the country into a republic, with himself as president for life. The country was the first to gain independence from European colonialism. Before it was colonised, Ghana was made up of a number of independent kingdoms, including Gonja and Dagomba in the north, Ashanti in the interior, and the Fanti states along the coast. The flag of the newly independent state was designed by Theodosia Salome Okoh. The red signified those who had died for independence, the gold is the mineral wealth with the green representing the rich grasslands of the area. The black star is the symbol of the people and of African emancipation.
The British government agreed to a firm date for independence when a majority of British Togoland residents voted for unification with an independent Gold Coast. On March 6, 1957, the state of Ghana, named after the medieval West African empire, became an independent country within the Commonwealth of Nations.
On August 3, 1956, the new assembly passed a motion authorizing the government to request independence within the British Commonwealth. … Dominion status would continue until 1960, when after a national referendum, Ghana was declared a republic.
The etymology of the word Ghana means “warrior king” and was the title accorded to the kings of the medieval Ghana Empire in West Africa, but the empire was further north than the modern country of Ghana, in the region of Guinea.
By 1956, British Togoland, the Ashanti protectorate, and the Fante protectorate were merged with the Gold Coast to create one colony, which became known as the Gold Coast. In 1957, the colony gained independence under the name of Ghana.
Ghana is known for not only cocoa but gold, and more recently oil. Ghana is also known for its lush forests, diverse animal life, and sandy beaches.
There are over 100 ethnic groups living in Ghana. The largest are Akan, Moshi-Dagbani, Ewe, and Ga. The Ashanti tribe of the Akan is the largest tribe and one of the few societies in West Africa where lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors.