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Ghanaian bishops: Avoid vices to keep Ghana as ‘Star of Africa’

In preparation for Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebration March 6, members of the nation’s bishops called on Ghanaians to continue to make the nation truly the “Star of Africa,” a symbol of hope for Africa’s total liberation.

The bishops also announced Ghana would hold a national eucharistic congress August. 7-13.

“God has been good to us in these six decades. Let us continue to thank God for our heritage and ask for his forgiveness where we have failed, one and all, in our various vocations and professions to contribute to making Ghana what God is calling us to,” the bishops said.

Ghana became independent from Great Britain March 6, 1957.

In a pastoral letter to Ghanaians issued February 23, the bishops called on Ghanaians to work hard, be honest and just in all they do, and to do away with all forms of corruption and immorality.

The bishops said avoiding these vices was the only way for Ghanaians to “enjoy God’s abundant blessings and favors on our homeland.”

If truly, God’s laws have been our “protection and shield,” then Ghanaians must eschew all those vices that have engulfed society, such as armed robbery, the illegal use and sale of narcotics, bribery and corruption, they said.

The bishops said even though Ghana might not have achieved all of its expectations and goals as it marks 60 years, it had made significant progress.

“Even though our democratic forward-march has suffered some political challenges and derailment in the past, God has spared us the worst, namely civil strife, wars,” they said.

 Source: Cruxnow.com
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President Akufo-Addo unveils Ghana @60 logo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled the logo for Ghana’s sixty-year anniversary.

At a brief ceremony at the Flagstaff House yesterday, the President reiterated that the celebration which will be under the theme, “Mobilising for Ghana’s future” will be a modest one.

According to him, though such a celebration will come at a cost, he was counting on individual citizens and corporate Ghana to take the bigger responsibility in the cost.

“Marking such an occassion will come at cost but my ambition is to commemorate this occassion with the minimum or no burden at all on the nation”, he stated.

Touching on the logo, the president also said that the “Ghana@60 logo symbolized the diversity and unity of our country and the aspirations of the Ghanaian people for a dignified and prosperous future.”

Ghana @57: The significance of an independent Ghana

INDEPENDENCE [Dictionary definition] not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence; not relying on another or others for aid or support; to self-govern; to not be subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free…

Independence is a strong word, and one which holds much significance and importance in many countries across the world. From the land of the Stars and Stripes, to the land of Kilts and Shortbread, the issue and sentiment of independence is one which triggers great emotion – whether it refers to success achieved in the past, or the present end-game desire a people have for their future.

For Ghana, the word independence is as significant to our cultural and historical fabric as the black star which resides dead-centre in our national flag. The sentiment of independence forms the very foundation of our being. We are known for our gold, known for our cocoa – but our claim to independence is one which triggers immense pride.

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In black sub-saharan Africa, it was we who shone forth as a beacon of light across the continent, showing others the way to freedom, showing that we didn’t need to rely on colonial rulers for our wellbeing but we were more than capable to govern ourselves. Nkrumah saw an independent Ghana as being a spearhead for the liberation of the rest of Africa from colonial rule – the pioneers, the example, the spark to ignite the touchpaper of African potential. From the shores of the Gold Coast, Ghana, the lighthouse of Africa, beamed its light far and wide across the plains of Mother Africa. Kwame Nkrumah’s voice boomed. His ideals infiltrated the fabric of nation upon nation, a domino effect set in motion on that dark morning of 6th March 1957. Africa slowly woke up from its slumber, woken by the victorious cries and startled by the momentous effort of those who went to sleep in the Gold Coast one day and woke up in Ghana the next.

The name ‘Ghana’ means ‘Warrior King’, and so it should be no surprise that it was the nation which was christened Ghana would be the one to step out and take back its heritage and reclaim its name. The fight was not easy, and reached further back than the days of Yaa Asantewaa, a woman who epitomised the core zeal and strength of the African female as she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism.

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Yes, if we’re going to take our rose-tinted glasses off, our time under colonial rule was greatly a result of our own doing, as tribes signed agreements with the British. Also, despite the best efforts of others, Great Britain were victorious in a series of campaigns to take over territories, especially against the Ashanti’s. There were many casualties along the way in our fight to have the authority to self-govern, their blood mixed into the red banner which sits atop our flag today. But those core qualities of strength, fortitude, resilience, faith and sacrifice were the fuel which drove our relentless race to independence to completion. Regardless of defeat, or setback, we refused to go backwards. And eventually, on 6th March 1957, we made the dream possible. As Kwame Nkrumah once proclaimed, ‘Forwards Ever; Backwards Never!’

Now, here in the present an independent Ghana is being celebrated as the model for African progress and development, a poster child for economic success, anti-imperialism, stability and democracy in Africa; celebrated within the continent for being at the center of the liberation struggle and therefore holding a special place in pan-African history.

So as we celebrate 57 years of independence, 57 years of standing on our own two feet, proud and free, what is the mantra of a free Ghana as we look to the future? I think Mr. Michael Kwame Gbordzoe said it best when he wrote the following to assist the composition created by Philip Gbeho:

God Bless our homeland Ghana, and make our nation great and strong. Bold to defend forever, the cause of freedom and of right. Fill our hearts with true humility. Make us cherish fearless honesty. And help us to resist oppressors’ rule with all our will and might forevermore!

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Ghana @57: Q&A Debate at Ghana High Commission 28/2

Ghana- How Far Have We Come?

Ghana independence will soon be upon us again, and it is during this period of time when Ghanaians reflect on the progress, and in some cases lack of, the motherland has made since independence. It is with this in mind that a small Q&A session was held live at the Ghana High Commission in London last Friday night.

Set to broadcast on our screens on Sky 218 at 8.30pm on Thursday 6th March, exactly 57 years ago Ghana achieved independence from British colonial rule, the event saw prominent figures from the Ghanaian community discuss issues relating to Ghana – particularly where Ghana is at at the present, where it ought to be, and what needs to be done to move the nation forward.

On the panel were Prof. Kwaku Danso Boafo (Ghana High Commissioner to UK & Ireland), Dorothy Engmann (economist), Emmanuel Quayson (Chairman of Ghana Union UK) and Francis Poku (former National Security Minister in Ghana). Hosting the Q&A was Kwaku Owusu Frimpong.

In brief, questions put to the panel aimed to gauge whether Ghana had fallen short on the vision Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of independent Ghana had for the nation. And though the panellists had positives for Ghana, there were negatives as well. Sure Ghana is the beacon of democracy in Africa and we are not beset by divisive conflicts that have plagued many other African countries. However there are areas where Ghana sharply improve on, and among the problems the panellists and the audience touched upon were lack of infrastructure, education, accountability of politicians, youth unemployment and a stagnant agriculture and industrial sector.

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Unfortunately, time constraints did not allow for the panel to really explore solutions to our country’s problems, which was a shame. But I will say this: listening to panellists, especially Prof. Kwaku Danso Boafo, it dawned on me that Ghana had lost that nationalist pride and patriotism that propelled her to achieve independence in 1957.

Countrymen, the task ahead is great indeed, and heavy is the responsibility; and yet it is a noble and glorious challenge – a challenge which calls for the courage to dream, the courage to believe, the courage to dare, the courage to do, the courage to envision, the courage to fight, the courage to work, the courage to achieve – to achieve the highest excellencies and the fullest greatness of man. Dare we ask for more in life?”

The above quote was part of a speech by Nkrumah to the National Assembly on June 12 1965.  Nkrumah recognised that independence was hard work and he inspired Ghanaians to embrace that concept in order to move the nation forward, and I think it was a period where Ghanaians were truly united in a sense.

However since Nkrumah I don’t believe there has ever been a president in Ghana who has been able to arouse patriotism and national pride among the people. The mentality in Ghana has shifted from ‘how can I make Ghana better’ to ‘how can I enrich myself?’ If Ghana is to truly progress as a nation, then we must start with a change of mentality.  Only then can we move forward as a nation.

Let’s hope that when Ghana is 67, we’ll not be asking what we’ve achieved or not achieved – rather we’ll be celebrating accomplishments achieved from now till then.

It was refreshing to hear a member of the Me FiRi Ghana Team highlighting how not one person had mentioned legacy or youth during conversations. An air of silence and interest seemed to also be drawn when it was announced how the company Me FiRi Ghana would be launching a publication featuring Ghanaian Youth Under 35 years Pioneering in a variety of professions to celebrate Ghana Independence on 6th March. (I’m looking forward to seeing who will feature myself!)

*Catch the Q&A on Focus on Ghana Thursday 6th March at 8.30pm on Vox Africa Sky 218*

Yaa Nyarko (@ohenebayaa)

Review: Ghanaian Independence…

GHANA’S 55th  INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION AT INDIGO2

 

A cold, windy and rather depressing Saturday afternoon in the city of London; what could 

DJ Abrantee with UK rapper Tinchy Stryder

have ever possessed me to Google “afrobeats events in London” to arouse my rather dead weekend?  Already in-love with Afrobeats music my Google search results from the top listed DJ Abrantee’s name and as I scrolled further down, it was still only DJ Abrantee, his events and Choice FM the station listed. I continued to search for events he had coming up which lead to over 8 different Ghana Independence Day events in London over the weekend further confusing the situation. All I had to do is make a decision on the best one and get myself there. Without a doubt, The Indig02 Ghana Independence hosted by DJ Abrantee certainly had the most interesting line up with acts that I had not had the pleasure of watching and at the largest venue so a decision was made.

 

R2BEES in performance

Already equipped with previous experience and expectation that it would be a mission to get on the guest or press list at such short notice, I made my way to the Indig02 for 8pm; an hour before the doors were scheduled to open. To my surprise I was the only one there, I even managed to purchase a ticket, went through 20 cups of latté, conversed with the pigeons and watch paint dry for a few hours. At 10:15 a small crowd started to gather and casually walked towards the door. This was not the usual rush and excitement from the last attended event at Proud 2, which left me wondering if the hype had died down. Inside the venue were camera crews; press and sound check still taking place, which meant the event, was nowhere near starting. I found myself in a corner to eaves drop and witness the shenanigans behind the scenes.

By midnight, the venue was still empty and this was the point the excitement initially filled in my belly was slowly oozing out. All of a sudden as if a roll call or blackberry messenger blast had gone out at 12:30am the entire venue was swapped within minutes; full to the brim with excitement buzzing about the artist line up, people eager to start dancing the Azonto and just celebrate the independence in style. I was left with a feeling of “what do they know that I don’t know”? The tickets clearly stated that doors opened at 9pm but I was quickly advised by one of the event managers Mylz Boateng that 9pm Ghana time usually means 12midnight. It seems everyone had come for the show.

I wormed and squeezed my way to the front of the stage to catch the DJ and host Abrantee in his element entertaining the crowd, showing off his cool Azonto moves that left the girls screaming. First act on stage were three boys , Vibe Squad, often referred to as the African JLS – they recently featured in the Guardian and Evening Standard newspapers. They performed their latest single “Wadi Mi Sika” and had the crowd cheering and singing throughout their performance.  Much to be said about the opening act performing at that level, the show could only get better. Next up was Team Ghana UK, which consisted of over 15 different artists who in their own rights had great songs in circulation. Judging by the crowd’s reaction, this performance was full of so many flavours much like Quality Street, you pick and choose the ones you like. The night continued with Ghanaian newest kid on the block Stay Jay, even I was familiar with his single “Shasheewowo” which he performed first along with tracks from his forth coming album. He struggled to hold the crowd’s attention towards the end of his performance however; his effortless freestyle saved him from tomatoes and boos in my humblest opinion.

Following a great introduction by the host, 3 scantily clad dancers marched to the stage to what seem to be opening the floor for a royal. DJ Abrantee has already announced that May7ven, who seems to be the talk of the town right now with her single “Ten Ten”, recently A-listed on popular radio station Choice FM; was to make an appearance. Instead her clear and distinctive voice could be heard back stage commanding the audience to “Click for me” “Move” and as if by magic, I found myself responding to her every command. Chanting “Ten Ten Ten” repeatedly, May7ven strolls out to a stunned audience in the tightest all white blinged cat suite, her trademark brilliant white hair and more bling on her wrist and fingers than BA Barrackas, more than I have ever seen in my life. Wasting no time she starts singing and dancing with such unexpected energy. Midway through her performance 15 female dancers join her on stage and all started booty shaking in such a fashion that I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with my hands, mouth or feet; all I knew is that it was an amazing display to watch with so much creativity and excellence. It was a concert wrapped up in one song “Ten Ten” under 5 minutes. This lady means business, even had fans singing along and screaming to touch her hands. I was left gasping for air.

 

Mugeez and Paedae of R2BEES with Killbeatz

Last up were the main act of the night, Ghanaian superstars with countless hits R2BEES. The entire place went into pandemonium on their arrival on stage. They performed new hit single “Dance” which features Wizkid, followed by ‘I Dey Mad’, followed by “Kiss Your Hand”, a track which usually features Nigerian artist Wande Coal. But out of nowhere UK Rap artist megastar Tinchy Stryder appears on stage and covers the chorus with 16bars and the entire venue went crazy. It was a performance reminiscent of Kanye’s sudden appearance at the Koko Concert in 2011. These guys are actual African superstars and Tinchy’s surprise appearance was the icing on top.  R2bees had the entire venue dancing, attendees screaming then doing the Azonto with more screaming. It was a very great show. Admittedly for an event that started much later than expected it was one of the best shows and nights I have attended in years with quality acts who are all driving the Afrobeats scene and pushing major boundaries. Great job to the promoters and host – the event certainly gets thumbs up from me.

By Julian Baxter

An Inspired Generation…

 

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I can safely say that for most Ghanaians, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah occupies a very special place in their hearts. A man who firmly believed in not just the freedom of his countrymen, but the total liberation of African continent, Nkrumah oversaw the independence of Ghana from British colonial rule.  The independence speech he made when the clock struck midnight on 6th March 1957 will forever inspire Ghanaians for generations to come.


Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa’


It is this line in his speech that Mefiri Ghana draws inspiration from. Nkrumah was ardent advocate of pan-Africanism. But though his dream of a United States of Africa has yet to be realised, there are many in this generation who are doing their part to make it a reality. What are you doing to make this dream happen?

 

Kwame Nkrumah’s actions and deeds will forever inspire us, that’s why this month of March Mefiri Ghana will feature individuals and organisations who are engaged in inspirational work.


Do you know a Ghanaian who has done something inspirational others need to know about?


Do you know a Ghanaian organisation whose work inspires you?


Get in touch with us so we can feature them on the blog! Email info@mefirighana.com.


By Yaa Nyarko

Asamoah Gyan headlines Ghana Independence event

It’s that time again; Ghana will be celebrating its 54th independence on the 6th of March – The day the country pioneered a revolution in to become the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain political independence in 1957. 54 years on and the country is still cited as an example of stability and steady growth.

With their tremendous success in events in the UK and Ghana such as Hiplife Festival, the Kente Dance and the annual Ghana Independence celebration, Alordia Promotions, Westcoast and DJ Abrantee in association with Choice FM are bringing you  this year’s Independence celebrations but with a surprise.

For the first time