Ghana is marking its 61st Independence anniversary at the Black Star Square in Accra with a parade today after gaining independence on 6th March 1957.
The event kick-starts a series of activities scheduled to take place as part of the anniversary celebration.
There have been independence Day parades being held across the country with students and security personnel displaying their marching skills while saluting the national flag. A major parade being held at the Black Star square is expected to be observed by millions of Ghanaians.
In the capital Accra, where President Akufo-Addo will be receiving the national salute at the Black Star Square, the Ghana Armed forces, the Police and other security agencies will put on display, the nation’s arsenal and state of preparedness for external and international aggression.
Also expected to grace the occasion is the President of Ghana’s friendly English neighbour Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari, who is scheduled to address the august gathering.
It is envisaged that the Nigerian leader will use the opportunity to reaffirm the long-standing warm relations between the peoples and governments of both nations. The address will be themed on ‘Ghana beyond aid’.
Gold Coast (Ghana) gained independence from Britain on 6 March 1957. Ghana became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and was led to independence by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah who transformed the country into a republic. Dr. Nkrumah became Ghana’s first President