Founder’s Day for the year 2022 is celebrated/observed on Friday, August 4th. There are until the next observance.
Ghana honors its independence battle on Founders’ Day, which is observed on August 4. This wasn’t always the case; before, the day was called Founder’s Day and commemorated one specific liberation warrior, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who later became independent Ghana’s first president. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, together with five other members of an anti-British political group, became the founding fathers of Ghana’s liberation struggle. On this day, they are all recognized.
📆 When is Founder’s Day?
This year, Founder’s Day falls on the 1th Friday in August; in 2024, it is on Sunday.
→ Did you know: Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to declare independence, and the others soon followed.
📜 History of Founder’s Day
By the nineteenth century, Britain had colonized most of this region, including Ghana, by purchase or outright capture. Conscripted to fight in their colonial leader’s army throughout both World Wars, the Gold Coast people gained a broader perspective and a greater range of abilities, which they could not employ in their tightly controlled country. As a result, Gold Coast nationalists stepped up their campaign for more autonomy in their own zone. In a push for self-government, politician and lawyer J. B. Danquah, together with other educated Africans such as G. A. Grant and R. A. Awoonor-Williams, established the United Gold Coast Convention, one of the Gold Coast’s most powerful political parties. Kwame Nkrumah, an outspoken and revolutionary African, was chosen to be the U.G.C.C.’s general secretary.
Then, in 1948, three World War II veterans were slain by the British during a demonstration against the non-payment of end-of-service compensation. Dr. Nkrumah, Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori Atta, and Ebenezer Ako-Adjei were imprisoned when the U.G.C.C. intervened. This arrest brought the six guys national attention, and they were immediately dubbed the “Bix Six.”
Dr. Nkrumah finally broke away from the U.G.C.C. and formed his own political party, which helped him become Ghana’s first prime minister and, later, president of the newly independent country. Ghana gained independence in March 1957 and became a republic three years later.
Ghana commemorated this significant occasion on Founder’s Day, September 21 each year, which also served as Dr. Nkrumah’s birthday. The celebration grew to incorporate the contributions of the other members of the “Bix Six,” and the day was renamed “Founders’ Day.” The date was also changed to August 4 to celebrate the founding of the U.G.C.C. On September 21, Ghana commemorates Dr. Kwame Nkrumah with Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.
✅ Still a ‘gold coast’
Ghana is Africa’s second-largest gold exporter and the world’s seventh-largest producer of this precious metal.
✅ They had an internally famous empire
The “Ashanti Empire,” as it was known at the time, occupied the modern Ghana region and was widely researched by England, gaining them enormous global acclaim.
✅ Afro-jazz was born here
Aside from highlife and hiplife music, Ghana is the cradle of afro-beat music, which emerged in the early twentieth century.
✅ Snail shells were their early currency
Twenty million Americans celebrated the inaugural Earth Day in 1970.
✨ Things to do on Founder’s Day
Discover more about Ghana
Spend some time learning about Ghana and its fascinating history. Learn about the land, why it was historically significant, and how the political structure works now.
Learn about the Big Six
Honor Ghana’s founding fathers by learning everything you can about them. Discover their lives, the impact they had on Ghanaian politics, and how their deeds inspired a country.
Celebrate Ghana’s culture your own way
Listen to the language, try new music and noises, and eat Ghanaian food. You may also watch a documentary or a movie set in Ghana to gain a deeper understanding of the region, people, and culture.
📅 Founder’s Day Observances
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