A sound analysis of why the speech was controversial and why a lot of younger people challenged the president on his being economical with the actualite. Too many names were mentioned when the real intention was to big up and rehabilitate Danquah in relation to our independence. The president failed to convince anyone in this regard and almost tarnished the respect that some of us had for Danquah as politician who unlike the president failed to reached the highest public office in our country. Ekow raises important questions about Kulungugu and if the president had cared to read the judgement of his father sitting in the the supreme court on the the treason trial he would not have used this important occasion to discuss a matter that is already settled. Nkrumah remains The Founder of Ghana.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, used his speech on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Ghana’s independence to retell the story of the struggle for self-government – memorialising victims and celebrating ‘heroes’ alike. He recalled seminal moments in that struggle, like the formation of the Aborigines Rights Protection Society on 4th August, 1897 and their unprecedented but successful mobilization of opposition to the Lands Bills that “forced the colonial authorities to retreat”.
In many ways, what the President did was to render his version of our recent political history about which there is little consensus, with many contested claims on both sides –especially between the United Party’s (UP) and the Convention People’s Party’s (CPP) versions of events.
While the speech was generally commendable in lauding the contributions of people as diverse as the musicologist Dr. Ephraim Amu, Yaa Asantewaa and the formidable Dede Ashikisham…
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