At prolonged last, the-much-talked-about Golden Jubilee Anniversary of Ghana has arrive to pass. And Ghana, our beloved mother land is poised for economic choose off.
Gorgeous people of Ghana, Tuesday, the 6th of March 2007, marked precisely the 50th beginning day of the political independence of our mom land. And the Working day was celebrated in a most stunning style of red, gold and inexperienced colours, ever witnessed at the Independence Sq. in the political record of the state.
Not even the really day of the proclamation of the independence by the first President of the very first Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on March 6, 1957 could march what took location yesterday in phrases of sheer human beings who invaded the Black Star Sq. and its environs to witness the function. I was there myself. And if it was not so, I would not have instructed so. When I arrived out and observed the scattering crows guiding the sq. almost into the sea, I was mesmerized.
Then the group listening and observing proceedings on a huge digital monitor with big, huge loud speakers mounted on the brown grasses together the castle road foremost to the sit of authorities, I was spell-sure. I could not plug bravery to go round all the four corners out side the sq., for what I observed at the two corners spoke for them selves. It was basically great! There is no will need to exaggerate. Seeing is believing, beloved reader!
As for yesterday by itself, if not each day at all, (this piece was written on Wednesday, 7th March 2007), I can speculate that the palms of God physically descended and poured benediction upon our country. Nature alone was very form to us. As a loving mother who was nursing her newly born child, the temperature was just apt for the event. The sun’s rays so comforting, ended up smiling on the parade contingents rather of burning them. The breeze from the close by Atlantic Ocean was flowing alternatively of blowing and carefully massaging the clean faces of the flag waving spectators.
The arena of the Independence Square was majestically vibrant, peaceful and sleek. But a selected girl almost identified trouble for herself when she challenged the security businesses as to why they would not let her to go by way of the interior parameters earmarked for the parade functions only. This occurred in front of the final pavilion at the Osu conclusion of the square. Why some persons will not willingly abide by easy guidance for the sake of legislation and purchase? Even accredited journalists ended up limited to selected parts and they had no option but to obey. How significantly far more standard spectator?
I also saw just one Nana in his majestic kente cloth, who arrived pretty late immediately after the President, experienced attained the inspection of guards. And with his umbrella-bearer, was trekking from just one pavilion to the other, in search of a position to sit. That was the fruit of lateness. When some of our noble belief leaders are presented invites and requested to be seated at precise periods at functions, they choose to behave as if the celebration is taking put in their possess palace. Even if an party is using location in your dormitory, you ought to respect the time of your invited friends. Most regretfully, it appeared that Nana had to go again house without witnessing the unforgettable event. It served him effectively.
We should all choose a cue from that incident so that as we embark on the highway to the following 50 a long time of Ghana’s independence, as a nation, we need to endeavour to modify our thought of time for the superior. As the Vice President of Ghana, H.E.Alhaji Aliu Mahama recommended the country 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 Nationwide Orientation in Accra. On that working day, Alhaji Aliu Mahama did not mince words and phrases at all when he postulated: “There is very little like ‘African time’. Therefore, we ought to find out how to do the right detail at the proper time and cease deceiving ourselves with that faulty strategy of ‘African time.’ All humanity has a single time, time period!
Revered reader, verily, verily, I say unto you that yesterday was a triumphant working day in the checked political background of Ghana and Africa. The total African continent was in attendance of our Golden Jubilee Celebrations. Europe was there The united states was there Asia was there and other folks as effectively.
If you acquire Africa, for instance, the African Super Electric power, Nigeria, was not only there as passive spectator at all. As a matter of truth, aside from Ghana herself as the hosting country and Commander -in-Main of affairs, Nigeria was the protagonist on the stage of the celebrations. Main Olusagu Obasanjo was the supreme Visitor of Honour and the only 1 to have Ghana’s maximum countrywide point out honour bestowed upon him. Any challenger?
Then our famed Zimbabwe was even the first African place to descend from the heavens onto our land on earth. Our closest neighbours which includes Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo could not afford to pay for to be missing from action. From afar, nations like South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique,DR Congo, Malawi, Mali, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, Botswana, Liberia, Gabon Benin and Guinea Bissau, just to identify a handful of, were all there. In point, Ghana was like a basket into which all African about 50 nations were collected like eggs and thoroughly place them in for safe and sound-maintaining. Stability was no difficulty and every participating nation was protected like the pituitary gland in the head of a fish.
Ghana, without the need of any shade of question, did every thing humanly achievable and proved herself to be the star of the black Africa indeed. Ghana is the golden country of Africa and celebrated the first golden jubilee anniversary of black Africa for the relaxation to emulate. Ghana lived up to the accolade of the wide concept of the anniversary which is: “Championing the African Excellence.” There is nonetheless room for enhancement however. As individuals, we must be humble and reasonable that perfection is not attained in one particular incarnation.
The parade by itself was sparkling in extremely office of the exhibit! Britain, Ghana’s previous colonial masters proved that in fact, they could not be left out of a celebration of this historical nature. Thus, besides the Duke of Kent, Prince Edward who represented the Queen of England, a contingent of the Army Band of Scottish Pipes and Drums played the purpose of alpha and omega in the parade and stole the clearly show. Their visual appeal in standard apparel manufactured them outstanding with their fluid tunes.
The officers of the Mass Band of the Ghana Armed Forces Central Band, Police Band and the Navy Band, ended up immaculate in their outlook and their conventional tunes have been soul moving. Some charming females close to our pavilion could not resist the temptation but to start bumping their backs as before long as the flutes began blowing. Some of them had been even dancing to the tune of the National Anthem in its place of standing to notice. The overall contingents of the security agencies marched with precision. It looks feminine contingents marched much more graciously and with some antics or type in these kinds of a away that every time they turned at corners they crow spontaneously clapped for them. It was outstanding to behold!
The Ghana Schooling Assistance Contingents, manufactured up of Military from the Achimota College, the Navy from the Christian Methodist Secondary College, the Air Drive from the St. Mary’s Secondary School and the Police from the St.Thomas Aquinas Secondary University as perfectly as a contingent from the Armed Forces Secondary Specialized Faculty were just fantastic to behold when marching. I speculate no matter whether this sort of youthful cadet officers of several Secondary Educational institutions could be sustained and educated into some sort of voluntary organisation to serve the country in times of will need. What comes about to them when they graduate from the second cycle intuitions? Are their motion monitored so as to see how very best the country could faucet from their abilities?
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 nicely as the incredibly tender gymnastic children, they have to be commended to the blue heavens. Simply because, to be on their toes from morning till the time the function ended in the afternoon is not a modest feat at all. I do not know what incentive package is organised for them but they need to be inspired nation broad to inculcate in them that patriotism goes hand in hand with deserving rewards. Recall the adage: A country that does not reward its patriots and heroes is not what…?
As a nation we must not only be swift in condemning men and women when they go wrong. We have to also find out to praise persons when they advantage praise. I wish to take this golden option to commend the Accra City authorities for a superb get the job done carried out as considerably as the beautification of our cash city was anxious. If I compare Accra with Singapore which is the cleanest metropolis in the entire world, we have some kilometers to travel. But what was achieved in a shorter span of a few months or so just before the Golden Jubilee Day of March 6, 2007,if it could be sustained, Accra will be a city to pay a visit to in the world a person working day. I say Kudos to the Mayor of the Metropolis of Accra and his group of employees.
Perhaps, Ghanaian city authorities can understand some methods from Singapore. In Singapore, street decorations are supported by establishments, organisations and key corporations found alongside a variety of streets and roadways in the town. What is performed is that all through key festive situations like Xmas, Easter, Ramadan and other folks, avenue decorations turn into a competition among these companies that are strategically positioned alongside ceremonial roads and streets. Then the Singapore Tourist Board gives prizes for the best adorned road throughout a unique festive situation.
With this tactic, every single establishment is inspired and eager to make certain that their avenue wins the most effective embellished street awards in the metropolis. This is why when you go to Singapore through any of these festive occasions you will just open up your mouth until finally someone will arrive and explain to you to close it. Singapore has 4 main festivals celebrated by several spiritual bodies, particularly Christians, Moslems, Hindus and Buddhists or so. And these festivals adhere to one a further intermittently .This is 1 explanation why Singapore is usually stunning. In fact sometime the decoration levels of competition in between the spiritual institutions gets to be so keen that the metropolis turns into even far more fantastic and sparkling with lights at night time. With this, the complete metropolis is just about turned into a golden heaven on earth. People who have been to heaven in advance of will know what I am talking about below.
In reality vacationers who troop to Singapore each individual working day of the calendar year do not slumber at night. They will just be roaming, roaming, going round from road to avenue, and admiring the elegance of avenue decorations. I propose the city authorities in Ghana should really workforce up with Ghana Tourist Board and adopt the Singapore strategy for the beautification of our cities.
Now Wednesday 7th March 2007 marks the first Working day of the following 50 yrs of Ghana and the celebration of the centenary of our nationhood. God on your own need to be our guide and source of inspiration. Shall we acquire observe of the adhering to African proverb? “The person who can take the to start with step ahead of you is not easy to capture up with.” Hence, at the time the path is entered, there need to no turning back. The sky should be the limit for Ghanaians as we look forward to celebrating the country’s centenary anniversary in March 2057. For now, let’s increase our upper body high and say: “Well Performed, Ghana!