On 21st September 1909, Kwame Nkrumah was born. He is the founding father of Ghana and the man who led Ghana to independence from Britain in 1957. As Mali & Guinea celebrate their Independence Day this week, I would like to pose this question: "What is the significance of Independence Day to us in current times?"
For me, as a person who only spent a couple of my formative years in my motherland, Ghana’s Independence Day was a time for celebrations with friends and family with lots of singing and dancing. Educational and government institutions were the most visible national event. What was Independence Day like when you were young? You would probably remember seeing on TV the nation's leaders unfurling the national flag.
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The event itself has meant different things at different times in my live and as time moves on, I no longer celebrate as I did in my youth. In fact nowadays, the pressures of modern life, the act of celebrating often passes me by. However, notwithstanding this, Ghana and Africa are always in my heart. Rabindranath Tagore's poem below reflects my aspiration and AfricaOracle's mission and vision for the true potential of Africa to be fulfilled and for our people to be in peace and prosper.
Where the Mind is Without Fear ~ by Rabindranath Tagore
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection:
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action—
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
Reflection on The Past
Let us take a few moments to reflect for a moment - reflect on how our individual nations have done in the past, and where it is headed to in the present and in the times to come. Now is not the time to criticize the 'founding fathers' of the nation for what they could not achieve or visualize. Rather, it is a time to renew the pledges and hope for our nations and Africa.
Ambassadors of Africa
So, let us be thankful for the life we live in freedom and take the opportunity to give back something to our nations. Let us on this occasion ask what we can do for our nations. Let us remember that each of us is an ambassador and representative of our nation, a partner in the progressing history of nations and Africa, our motherland.
The great Nelson Mandela said: “You can start changing the world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.” So let us be the change we wish to see in Africa.