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Sep 24, 2014

Ghana Marked Founder's Day


The 105th birthday of Dr Kwame Nkrumah was commemorated in Accra with a call on Ghanaians to allow the ideals, visions and principles of the late President Nkrumah to lead their behaviour and actions as Ghanaians.

"Today, as we celebrate this noble son of Africa, Dr Nkrumah's vision and ideologies have become relevant, which have to be pursued in our national agenda for political and socio-economic development".

His Excellency Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, the Vice President said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Interior, Hon. Mark Woyongo on Sunday, 21th September, 2014 at the forecourt of the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum to mark the founder's day celebrations.

The Vice President Amissah-Arthur said Dr Nkrumah made many sacrifices in his journey towards Ghana's independence as well as that of the African continent.

He added that Dr Nkrumah had a vision far beyond his era and a vision for the political and socio- economic integration of the African continent.

The event attracted some members of the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers, representatives of political parties, and some family members of Nkrumah.

Wreaths were laid in memory of the late President Nkrumah with Hon. Woyongo laying the first wreath on behalf of the government, Dr Francis Nkrumah first son of Dr Nkrumah laid one on behalf of family, Ms. Samia Nkrumah, a daughter laid one on behalf of Convention Peoples Party (CPP), the party founded by Dr Nkrumah, representatives of youth of Ghana, traditional rulers and socialist forum of Ghana laid wreaths respectively.

Dr Francis Nkrumah expressed his gratitude to the government and Ghanaians for continuing to honour his father's memory.

He said the founder's day instituted by late Professor John Evans Atta Mills remained a beacon of hope for the youth and his ideals of nationalism and patriotism had become crucial to the development, resurgence and victory of the country.

"As we remember his birthday, let us also remember his dreams and visions for Africa," he added.

Ms. Samia Nkrumah pledged the support of the CPP to ensure the ideals and visions of Nkrumah never faded away.

Source: ISD