At lengthy previous, the-much-talked-about Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Ghana has arrive to pass. And Ghana, our beloved mother land is poised for financial get off.
Attractive men and women of Ghana, Tuesday, the 6th of March 2007, marked specifically the 50th beginning working day of the political independence of our mother land. And the Day was celebrated in a most stunning manner of crimson, gold and environmentally friendly colors, ever witnessed at the Independence Square in the political background of the country.
Not even the pretty working day of the proclamation of the independence by the initial President of the to start with Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on March 6, 1957 could march what took place yesterday in terms of sheer human beings who invaded the Black Star Sq. and its environs to witness the event. I was there myself. And if it was not so, I would not have advised so. When I arrived out and saw the scattering crows driving the sq. practically into the sea, I was mesmerized.
Then the crowd listening and observing proceedings on a big electronic display with large, big loud speakers mounted on the brown grasses together the castle street foremost to the sit of governing administration, I was spell-sure. I could not plug bravery to go spherical all the 4 corners out aspect the square, for what I observed at the two corners spoke for them selves. It was only excellent! There is no need to have to exaggerate. Seeing is believing, beloved reader!
As for yesterday by itself, if not day to day at all, (this piece was penned on Wednesday, 7th March 2007), I can speculate that the palms of God physically descended and poured benediction on our country. Character by itself was particularly variety to us. As a loving mom who was nursing her newly born child, the weather conditions was just apt for the situation. The sun’s rays so soothing, had been smiling on the parade contingents in its place of burning them. The breeze from the close by Atlantic Ocean was flowing as an alternative of blowing and carefully massaging the smooth faces of the flag waving spectators.
The arena of the Independence Sq. was majestically colourful, tranquil and swish. But a specified lady just about observed problems for herself when she challenged the stability businesses as to why they would not let her to go through the interior parameters earmarked for the parade functions only. This happened in entrance of the very last pavilion at the Osu close of the sq.. Why some folks will not willingly abide by simple guidelines for the sake of legislation and order? Even accredited journalists had been limited to sure regions and they had no option but to obey. How considerably much more normal spectator?
I also observed 1 Nana in his majestic kente fabric, who arrived very late following the President, experienced attained the inspection of guards. And with his umbrella-bearer, was trekking from a person pavilion to the other, in research of a area to sit. That was the fruit of lateness. When some of our noble impression leaders are supplied invites and asked for to be seated at certain times at capabilities, they opt for to behave as if the party is using spot in their individual palace. Even if an event is taking position in your dormitory, you need to respect the time of your invited visitors. Most regretfully, it appeared that Nana had to go back house with no witnessing the memorable situation. It served him effectively.
We ought to all consider a cue from that incident so that as we embark on the road to the subsequent 50 many years of Ghana’s independence, as a nation, we need to endeavour to modify our principle of time for the superior. As the Vice President of Ghana, H.E.Alhaji Aliu Mahama encouraged the nation on Friday 2nd March 2007, when he commissioned and handed the keys of 46 Cinema Vans imported by the Govt to the Ministry of Info and Countrywide Orientation in Accra. On that day, Alhaji Aliu Mahama did not mince words and phrases at all when he postulated: “There is nothing like ‘African time’. Thus, we should understand how to do the correct matter at the right time and stop deceiving ourselves with that erroneous principle of ‘African time.’ All humanity has 1 time, interval!
Respected reader, verily, verily, I say unto you that yesterday was a triumphant day in the checked political historical past of Ghana and Africa. The total African continent was in attendance of our Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Europe was there The us was there Asia was there and some others as properly.
If you get Africa, for occasion, the African Super Ability, Nigeria, was not only there as passive spectator at all. As a issue of actuality, aside from Ghana herself as the web hosting country and Commander -in-Chief of affairs, Nigeria was the protagonist on the stage of the celebrations. Chief Olusagu Obasanjo was the supreme Guest of Honour and the only 1 to have Ghana’s greatest national state honour bestowed on him. Any challenger?
Then our famed Zimbabwe was even the initially African nation to descend from the heavens on to our land on earth. Our closest neighbours like Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo could not find the money for to be lacking from action. From afar, nations around the world like South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique,DR Congo, Malawi, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, Botswana, Liberia, Gabon Benin and Guinea Bissau, just to name a few, had been all there. In point, Ghana was like a basket into which all African in excess of 50 nations ended up collected like eggs and carefully put them in for risk-free-maintaining. Protection was no challenge and each individual taking part country was protected like the pituitary gland in the head of a fish.
Ghana, with out any shade of question, did all the things humanly doable and proved herself to be the star of the black Africa indeed. Ghana is the golden nation of Africa and celebrated the initial golden jubilee anniversary of black Africa for the rest to emulate. Ghana lived up to the accolade of the wide theme of the anniversary which is: “Championing the African Excellence.” There is however home for enhancement nevertheless. As human beings, we need to be humble and practical that perfection is not attained in 1 incarnation.
The parade by itself was sparkling in quite section of the demonstrate! Britain, Ghana’s former colonial masters proved that without a doubt, they could not be still left out of a celebration of this historic character. Hence, apart from the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward who represented the Queen of England, a contingent of the Army Band of Scottish Pipes and Drums performed the part of alpha and omega in the parade and stole the present. Their overall look in common attire made them remarkable with their fluid tunes.
The officers of the Mass Band of the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band, Police Band and the Navy Band, were being immaculate in their outlook and their common tunes were being soul transferring. Some charming ladies all over our pavilion could not resist the temptation but to begin bumping their backs as shortly as the flutes commenced blowing. Some of them had been even dancing to the tune of the Nationwide Anthem in its place of standing to notice. The entire contingents of the protection agencies marched with precision. It appears female contingents marched far more graciously and with some antics or model in these kinds of a away that every time they turned at corners they crow spontaneously clapped for them. It was spectacular to behold!
The Ghana Education and learning Service Contingents, built up of Military from the Achimota School, the Navy from the Christian Methodist Secondary University, the Air Pressure from the St. Mary’s Secondary College and the Police from the St.Thomas Aquinas Secondary College as well as a contingent from the Armed Forces Secondary Technological School were being just marvelous to behold when marching. I ponder whether or not these types of younger cadet officers of different Secondary Faculties could be sustained and properly trained into some type of voluntary organisation to provide the nation in occasions of will need. What comes about to them when they graduate from the next cycle intuitions? Are their motion monitored so as to see how best the nation could tap from their skills?
As for the Primary College Contingents from Ablekuma-South Sub-metro, the Ashiedu-Keteke Sub-metro, the Ayawaso Sub-metro and the Okaikwei Sub-metro as well as the very tender gymnastic youngsters, they have to be commended to the blue heavens. Simply because, to be on their feet from early morning until the time the celebration finished in the afternoon is not a compact feat at all. I don’t know what incentive offer is organised for them but they should be enthusiastic country huge to inculcate in them that patriotism goes hand in hand with deserving benefits. Remember the adage: A nation that does not reward its patriots and heroes is not what…?
As a country we must not only be brief in condemning people when they go incorrect. We must also master to praise individuals when they advantage praise. I would like to acquire this golden chance to commend the Accra Metropolis authorities for a excellent get the job done finished as considerably as the beautification of our capital town was anxious. If I examine Accra with Singapore which is the cleanest town in the globe, we have some kilometers to journey. But what was attained inside a shorter span of 3 months or so prior to the Golden Jubilee Working day of March 6, 2007,if it could be sustained, Accra will be a metropolis to pay a visit to in the earth a person working day. I say Kudos to the Mayor of the City of Accra and his group of personnel.
Probably, Ghanaian city authorities can learn some approaches from Singapore. In Singapore, avenue decorations are supported by institutions, organisations and big corporations positioned alongside several streets and roads in the city. What is finished is that in the course of big festive instances like Xmas, Easter, Ramadan and other individuals, avenue decorations turn into a competition among these organizations that are strategically located together ceremonial streets and streets. Then the Singapore Vacationer Board offers prizes for the greatest decorated avenue for the duration of a particular festive event.
With this approach, just about every institution is inspired and keen to be certain that their avenue wins the greatest decorated street awards in the metropolis. This is why when you go to Singapore through any of these festive occasions you will just open your mouth until finally a person will come and inform you to close it. Singapore has four big festivals celebrated by several spiritual bodies, specifically Christians, Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists or so. And these festivals observe one particular one more intermittently .This is just one purpose why Singapore is often gorgeous. In fact someday the decoration levels of competition concerning the spiritual institutions turns into so eager that the town gets even additional outstanding and glowing with lights at night time. With this, the complete metropolis is just about turned into a golden heaven on earth. All those who have been to heaven right before will know what I am talking about here.
In reality travelers who troop to Singapore every working day of the calendar year do not rest at evening. They will just be roaming, roaming, going spherical from avenue to avenue, and admiring the attractiveness of road decorations. I counsel the town authorities in Ghana should crew up with Ghana Vacationer Board and undertake the Singapore tactic for the beautification of our cities.
These days Wednesday 7th March 2007 marks the first Day of the upcoming 50 a long time of Ghana and the celebration of the centenary of our nationhood. God by yourself should be our guidebook and source of inspiration. Shall we just take notice of the adhering to African proverb? “The man or woman who takes the very first action ahead of you is not easy to capture up with.” Thus, as soon as the route is entered, there must no turning back again. The sky ought to be the restrict for Ghanaians as we glance ahead to celebrating the country’s centenary anniversary in March 2057. For now, let us elevate our upper body high and say: “Effectively Done, Ghana!