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29.11.2019 Feature Article

Has Independence Given Ghanaians The Comfort Human needs?

Has Independence Given Ghanaians The Comfort Human needs?
NOV 29, 2019 FEATURE ARTICLE

On March 6, 1957, Ghana, the country formerly called Gold Coast, was led to independence by Kwame Nkrumah and his friends (The Big Six) and Ghana became a member of the Commonwealth Nations.

This glorious day remains important for every Ghanaian, yet there is something significant which Nkrumah said that reflects on the current political situation in Ghana, which Ghanaians don’t often think about that.

To Kwame Nkrumah, attaining independence in Ghana, while other African countries are under the yoke of oppression is meaningless, unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa.

However, we need to ask ourselves today if Ghana is actually liberated despite its independence. Ever since Kwame Nkrumah was toppled in a coup in 1966, the country has experienced unprecedented political and economic hardships under both successive military and civilian governments.

The influences of tribalism and nepotism have affected the country to the extent that there is pure hatred in Ghana towards other tribes and above all political greed has generated wealth to politicians, while the common Ghanaian suffers and graduates struggle to find a job.

“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart,” a quote Kwame Nkrumah made, referring to foreign domination, efforts to destabilize Africa’s economy and cause conflicts among Africans.

However, today, our leaders continue to destabilize Ghana's economy with corruption and divide the people with the influence of tribalism.

“Never before in history has such a sweeping fervor for freedom expressed itself in great mass movements which are driving down the bastions of an empire. This wind of change blowing through Africa, as I have said before, is no ordinary wind. It is a raging hurricane against which the old order cannot stand.”

"The great millions of Africa, and of Asia, have grown impatient of being hewers of wood and drawers of water, and are rebelling against the false belief that providence created some to be menials of others."

"Hence the twentieth century has become the century of colonial emancipation, a century of continuing revolution which must finally witness the total liberation of Africa from colonial rule and imperialist exploitation.” – Kwame Nkrumah

Those living who witnessed the great historical day Nkrumah made this speech, with efforts to unite Africa, will tell you today that Ghana is no more a country.

In fact, with all the treasures the country has, plus the discovery of oil, Ghanaians continue to suffer. So what is wrong? And what is the problem?

Why other countries in the third world which haven’t got what Ghana has, are making it, yet Ghana continues to struggle like a baby crawling to her mother?

Ghana faces serious economic setbacks and hardships because of the leaders. They all lack the knowledge to utilize the country’s resources.

This is one of the reasons Ghana is losing millions of dollars every year by depending on foreign companies, such as China, working in the country.

The European governments execute their projects, continue developing their countries and create jobs for their citizens. They don't depend on China because they have all the expertise tools.

Therefore, before Ghana will gain a strong foundation and a flourishing economy, we need the expertise from our own country. That will reduce the national debt and also borrowing.

Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium., Column Page: JoelSavage

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