A CROSS SECTION of Ghanaian youth interviewed by Daily Guide during Ghana's 50th Independence celebration could not hold back their joy and excitement at the glamour and pageantry that characterised the giant occasion.
Dressed in national colours with head and wrist bands and beaming with smiles, the youth described the occasion as gorgeous, and they would have missed a lot if they had not taken part in the occasion.
Anang Laryea, a 23-year-old welder from Osu, who said he belonged to the largest opposition party in Ghana currently, mentioned that inspite of his political leaning, he had to put all partisan feelings aside and partake in the event because Ghana's interest superseded all partisan interests.
Kwame Kom, a 19-year-old student, pointed out that he was highly elated to be part of the celebration since such opportunities occurred only once in a person's lifetime.
“Actually, I do not belong to either the NPP or the NDC. I had to be involved because I do not know when the opportunity would dawn on me again.
“I belong to Ghana and would therefore support any party which has the interest of the poor at heart, ensures sound education for all and provides the needed infrastructure to change the fortunes of underprivileged persons in society.”
According to Esi Ankamah, a 25-year-old caterer at Darkuman, the occasion was a success at all its stages and very colourful.
“I am an NPP but I did not come here because my party was celebrating Ghana's 50 years.
I have been privileged to be part of such a wonderful country as Ghana. God could not have given me any better place than Ghana, therefore if my country is celebrating its jubilee, I cannot afford to miss it.”
Speaking further, she appealed to all political parties to put all partisan sentiments aside and contribute their bit to the development of Ghana.
“If people would just do this and stop the backbiting, unnecessary jealousy and mudslinging in their effort to win power, we stand the chance of turning our fortunes around and Ghana would be united for ever.”
Yaw Annorf, a 28-year-old farmer from Aburi, who said he came specifically from his village to witness the grand ceremony, said he wanted to be part of it so he could tell his children and grandchildren about the rich experience.
He indicated that he felt proud to be part of the occasion and urged the current administration to throw the past behind it and forge unity with other political groups to promote democracy to the highest level.
“We are all one people. We don't need any divisions and their attendant tribal and ethnic problems.
“We want peace to prevail at all times. So let all political leaders portray peace, unity and tolerance so we could collectively move our development drive ahead.”