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Declaration Of Wednesday, 21st September As A Public Holiday

Declaration Of Wednesday, 21st September As A Public Holiday
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Declaration of Wednesday, 21st September as a public holiday.

Wednesday 21st September 2022 is declared as a public holiday in commemoration of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

What happened on Wednesday, 21st September, 2022?

A section of the letter reads “The general public is hereby informed that Wednesday, 21st September, 2022 which marks Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, is a Statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout   the country”.

Signed

AMBROSE DERY (MP)

MINISTER FOR THE INTERIOR

Wednesday, 21st September 2022 will be declared by law as a public holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery and black history month.

This decision was made by the Interior Minister Ambrose Dery and Parliament following a recommendation from the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.

Our reasons for making this an official holiday

A brief history of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was the first president of Ghana, serving in that office from 1957 to 1966, after he led Ghana to independence from British colonial rule in 1957.

He was born in 21st September,1909 and grew up playing soccer; by age 15 he had become the youngest African player to play on his country’s national team (The Gold Coast).

Nkrumah studied abroad at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and later at Harvard University, where he met Dr. W. E. B Du Bois and earned his PhD in philosophy.

In Pennsylvania in 1935 and, after graduating in 1939, obtained master’s degrees from Lincoln and from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied the literature of socialism

The life and legacy of Kwame Nkrumah

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was born on September 21, 1909 to a politically active family in Ghana at Nkroful a village in the Ellembelle District, a district in the Western Region of south Ghana.

He attended two primary schools in Cape Coast and later one high school at Achimota where he demonstrated intellectual prowess and leadership skills by winning four scholarships to study abroad at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) in 1931.

Two major achievements

Nkrumah served as Prime Minister from 1952 to 1960 and President from 1960 until 1966 when he was overthrown in a military coup. His achievements included forging a system of economic self-sufficiency known as African Socialism.

He was also instrumental in helping Ghana achieve independence from British colonialism and unite with other neighboring West African countries who were seeking freedom from colonial rule.

The Accra Sports Stadium

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah started building the Accra Sports Stadium and inaugurated in 1962, with a soft opening on March 8th 1967 for a football game between Black Star and Elmina Sharks.

His desire was to have a stadium capable of accommodating tens of thousands that would serve as a central sporting hub for Ghanaians after it opened on February 24th 1969 with a boxing match between New Yorker Muhammad Ali and Nigerian native Sonny Liston as well as official dedications by then-president Hilla Limann.

Emancipation Day

September 22nd is Emancipation Day in Ghana, a date that signifies the end of colonial rule in 1957. It was on this day that former British colonies in West Africa had finally won their independence from Britain and gained control over their own country.

For Ghanaians, it signaled a new era for their country as they ushered in sovereignty and declared independence from foreign colonizers; a time when self-government could now prevail.

FAQs

-Why was Wednesday, 21st September declared a holiday?

This holiday honors the birth date of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Founders’ Day was the name of the holiday on September 21st before the Public Holiday Amendment Bill was passed into law in March 2019.

-where was Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Born?

Kwame Nkrumah, a Ghanaian nationalist leader who oversaw the Gold Coast’s transition into the new country of Ghana, was born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (now Ghana), in September 1909 and passed away in Bucharest, Romania, on April 27, 1972.

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