HUNDREDS COMING FOR THE CELEBRATION
BY: KOFI YEBOAH
HUNDREDS of people from across Africa, America, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean, Pacific and other parts of the world are trooping down to Ghana to celebrate the centenary birthday of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, which falls on Monday, September, 21st 2OO9.
The centres of attraction will be Nkroful in the Western Region, the birthplace of Dr. Nkrumah, and the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra, where his mortal remains are presently accommodated.
The day has been declared by President Mills as a statutory public holiday in honour of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, one of the revered black freedom fighters in the world.
Apart from the Kwame Nkrumah mausoleum and Nkroful, places and projects such as the Akosombo Dam, the Peduase Lodge, Achimota School and the Volta Aluminum Company Limited (VALCO), which strikes fond memories of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, are expected to attract enthusiastic crowds from far and near.
Last week Friday, the Vice President, Mr. John Mahama, launched activities for the centenary celebration, which will be climaxed on the Africa Union (AU) Day on May 25, 2010, when the whole of Africa is expected to celebrate him.
At the 13th AU Summit in Sirte, Libya, this year, African leaders unanimously voted to adopt the centenary birthday of Dr. Nkrumah as an AU activity.
Activities to commemorate the occasion include lectures, symposia, exhibitions and cultural performances.
Acknowledged by the BBC as the African of the Millennium, Dr. Nkrumah touched the lives of thousands of freedom — loving people in Africa and beyond after leading Ghana to attain independence from British colonial rule in 1957 and, thereafter, taking frontline role in African Liberation struggle.
A visionary leader, he was considered by many as peerless and decades ahead of his generation.
According to a former Chairman of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), Dr. Edmund N. Delle, the difference between Nkrumah and his peers was universality of his person and the manner his messages touched the lives of the suffering and oppressed through out the world.
Daily Graphic Page: 5 Friday, September 18, 2009