At long final, the-significantly-talked-about Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Ghana has come to move. And Ghana, our beloved mother land is poised for financial get off.
Beautiful persons of Ghana, Tuesday, the 6th of March 2007, marked exactly the 50th delivery day of the political independence of our mother land. And the Day was celebrated in a most stunning manner of purple, gold and inexperienced colors, at any time witnessed at the Independence Sq. in the political historical past of the country.
Not even the extremely working day of the proclamation of the independence by the initial President of the 1st Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on March 6, 1957 could march what took area yesterday in conditions of sheer human beings who invaded the Black Star Square and its environs to witness the function. I was there myself. And if it wasn’t so, I would not have informed so. When I came out and noticed the scattering crows behind the square just about into the sea, I was mesmerized.
Then the group listening and viewing proceedings on a significant digital display with big, large loud speakers mounted on the brown grasses along the castle highway leading to the sit of govt, I was spell-certain. I could not plug braveness to go round all the four corners out aspect the sq., for what I noticed at the two corners spoke for them selves. It was simply excellent! There is no have to have to exaggerate. Seeing is believing, beloved reader!
As for yesterday on your own, if not everyday at all, (this piece was penned on Wednesday, 7th March 2007), I can speculate that the fingers of God bodily descended and poured benediction upon our nation. Character by itself was very sort to us. As a loving mom who was nursing her newly born child, the climate was just apt for the celebration. The sun’s rays so relaxing, ended up smiling on the parade contingents as a substitute of burning them. The breeze from the nearby Atlantic Ocean was flowing rather of blowing and carefully massaging the sleek faces of the flag waving spectators.
The arena of the Independence Square was majestically colourful, tranquil and graceful. But a selected girl approximately located difficulties for herself when she challenged the security businesses as to why they would not allow her to go by way of the internal parameters earmarked for the parade reasons only. This happened in front of the final pavilion at the Osu conclude of the square. Why some persons will not willingly abide by basic directions for the sake of legislation and purchase? Even accredited journalists were being limited to specified areas and they experienced no decision but to obey. How much more ordinary spectator?
I also noticed 1 Nana in his majestic kente cloth, who arrived quite late after the President, had accomplished the inspection of guards. And with his umbrella-bearer, was trekking from one pavilion to the other, in research of a place to sit. That was the fruit of lateness. When some of our noble belief leaders are specified invitations and requested to be seated at unique instances at features, they select to behave as if the party is getting put in their very own palace. Even if an occasion is getting place in your dormitory, you ought to regard the time of your invited guests. Most regretfully, it appeared that Nana had to go again household with no witnessing the unforgettable celebration. It served him properly.
We must all just take a cue from that incident so that as we embark on the road to the upcoming 50 a long time of Ghana’s independence, as a country, we need to endeavour to adjust our notion of time for the improved. As the Vice President of Ghana, H.E.Alhaji Aliu Mahama advised the country on Friday 2nd March 2007, when he commissioned and handed the keys of 46 Cinema Vans imported by the Authorities to the Ministry of Information and facts and Countrywide Orientation in Accra. On that day, Alhaji Aliu Mahama did not mince terms at all when he postulated: “There is nothing like ‘African time’. As a result, we must find out how to do the ideal thing at the suitable time and cease deceiving ourselves with that faulty idea of ‘African time.’ All humanity has one time, interval!
Revered reader, verily, verily, I say unto you that yesterday was a triumphant day in the checked political historical past of Ghana and Africa. The overall African continent was in attendance of our Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Europe was there America was there Asia was there and others as properly.
If you get Africa, for instance, the African Super Electricity, Nigeria, was not only there as passive spectator at all. As a issue of simple fact, apart from Ghana herself as the web hosting nation and Commander -in-Main of affairs, Nigeria was the protagonist on the phase of the celebrations. Main Olusagu Obasanjo was the supreme Guest of Honour and the only a single to have Ghana’s greatest countrywide condition honour bestowed upon him. Any challenger?
Then our well known Zimbabwe was even the to start with African state to descend from the heavens on to our land on earth. Our closest neighbours together with Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo could not find the money for to be missing from motion. From afar, international locations 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 couple of, have been all there. In fact, Ghana was like a basket into which all African about 50 nations had been collected like eggs and very carefully put them in for harmless-retaining. Safety was no dilemma and just about every participating state was protected like the pituitary gland in the head of a fish.
Ghana, without having any shade of question, did almost everything humanly attainable and proved herself to be the star of the black Africa in fact. Ghana is the golden nation of Africa and celebrated the initially golden jubilee anniversary of black Africa for the relaxation to emulate. Ghana lived up to the accolade of the broad theme of the anniversary which is: “Championing the African Excellence.” There is even now space for advancement while. As human beings, we must be humble and sensible that perfection is not attained in just one incarnation.
The parade alone was sparkling in pretty division of the clearly show! Britain, Ghana’s former colonial masters proved that without a doubt, they could not be remaining out of a celebration of this historical mother nature. Thus, aside from the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward who represented the Queen of England, a contingent of the Military Band of Scottish Pipes and Drums performed the purpose of alpha and omega in the parade and stole the display. Their visual appearance in common apparel manufactured them outstanding with their fluid new music.
The officers of the Mass Band of the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band, Law enforcement Band and the Navy Band, ended up immaculate in their outlook and their standard tunes were being soul shifting. Some charming women close to our pavilion could not resist the temptation but to begin bumping their backs as before long as the flutes started blowing. Some of them were even dancing to the tune of the National Anthem rather of standing to interest. The whole contingents of the security organizations marched with precision. It appears woman contingents marched much more graciously and with some antics or type in these types of a absent that each time they turned at corners they crow spontaneously clapped for them. It was wonderful to behold!
The Ghana Schooling Provider Contingents, produced up of Military from the Achimota College, the Navy from the Christian Methodist Secondary College, the Air Power from the St. Mary’s Secondary Faculty and the Police from the St.Thomas Aquinas Secondary University as perfectly as a contingent from the Armed Forces Secondary Technological University had been just wonderful to behold when marching. I surprise whether or not these young cadet officers of a variety of Secondary Universities could be sustained and experienced into some form of voluntary organisation to provide the country in moments of need to have. What transpires to them when they graduate from the 2nd cycle intuitions? Are their movement monitored so as to see how very best the country could faucet from their skills?
As for the Simple University Contingents from Ablekuma-South Sub-metro, the Ashiedu-Keteke Sub-metro, the Ayawaso Sub-metro and the Okaikwei Sub-metro as properly as the pretty tender gymnastic youngsters, they will have to be commended to the blue heavens. Simply because, to be on their toes from early morning until the time the party finished in the afternoon is not a smaller feat at all. I never know what incentive package deal is organised for them but they should be enthusiastic nation large to inculcate in them that patriotism goes hand in hand with deserving benefits. Try to remember the adage: A nation that does not reward its patriots and heroes is not what…?
As a nation we must not only be speedy in condemning individuals when they go completely wrong. We need to also understand to praise individuals when they merit praise. I want to get this golden opportunity to commend the Accra City authorities for a fantastic function performed as much as the beautification of our money city was anxious. If I review Accra with Singapore which is the cleanest town in the environment, we have some kilometers to journey. But what was reached inside of a limited span of three months or so before the Golden Jubilee Day of March 6, 2007,if it could be sustained, Accra will be a city to take a look at in the planet just one day. I say Kudos to the Mayor of the Town of Accra and his team of personnel.
Most likely, Ghanaian town authorities can master some procedures from Singapore. In Singapore, street decorations are supported by institutions, organisations and key providers positioned together many streets and roads in the town. What is finished is that for the duration of key festive situations like Xmas, Easter, Ramadan and some others, street decorations turn out to be a opposition among the these corporations that are strategically situated alongside ceremonial streets and streets. Then the Singapore Tourist Board delivers prizes for the most effective decorated avenue through a specific festive situation.
With this approach, each institution is motivated and eager to guarantee that their road wins the very best adorned road awards in the town. This is why when you go to Singapore during any of these festive situations you will just open up your mouth until finally somebody will appear and explain to you to near it. Singapore has four main festivals celebrated by numerous religious bodies, specifically Christians, Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists or so. And these festivals abide by just one another intermittently .This is one rationale why Singapore is generally stunning. In truth sometime the decoration competitors concerning the spiritual institutions gets so eager that the city turns into even more amazing and glowing with lights at evening. With this, the total town is nearly turned into a golden heaven on earth. These who have been to heaven just before will know what I am talking about here.
In simple fact travellers who troop to Singapore every working day of the 12 months do not sleep at evening. They will just be roaming, roaming, likely round from street to street, and admiring the natural beauty of street decorations. I suggest the town authorities in Ghana need to crew up with Ghana Tourist Board and undertake the Singapore system for the beautification of our metropolitan areas.
Nowadays Wednesday 7th March 2007 marks the to start with Day of the next 50 several years of Ghana and the celebration of the centenary of our nationhood. God by yourself need to be our manual and source of inspiration. Shall we get note of the following African proverb? “The human being who usually takes the to start with action in advance of you is not simple to catch up with.” Thus, when the route is entered, there should no turning again. The sky should really be the limit for Ghanaians as we search ahead to celebrating the country’s centenary anniversary in March 2057. For now, let us increase our chest large and say: “Effectively Completed, Ghana!