At long last the battle has ended and Ghana our beloved country is free forever.
These memorable words of the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah have come to signify the dawn of independence for the continent of Africa as a whole. I was too young to have gone to the Old Polo Grounds or to have understood the significance of Kwame Nkrumah’s words; but at six years old and in class three, I definitely knew that something important was happening in the country and I fully participated in the independence celebrations. The day had been declared a holiday, we assembled at school much earlier in the morning and marched all the way from Bannerman Road to the Stadium. I watched every single bit of the show. I knew something was different; this was not the Empire Day that we used to celebrate. This was Independence and therefore in addition to the lemonade and the cakes we ate, I was also presented with an Independence Day Cup. So for me Independence was about one big celebration of freedom and nothing else. It was only in later years that I realised that independence meant freedom to control our own destiny in Africa.