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General News of Saturday, 21 September 2019


'Your country is free forever' - Kwame Nkrumah's famous Independence Day speech

The late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah play videoThe late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

21st September is a day set aside to mark the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

This day is observed as a national holiday in the country to commemorate his efforts in fighting for independence for Ghana.

DR. Kwame Nkrumah was born on September 21, 1909 at Nkroful, Gold Coast [now Ghana] and died on April 27, 1972, Bucharest, Rom.)

He headed the country from independence in 1957 until he was overthrown by a coup in 1966.

He was also an influential advocate for Pan Africanism and the founder of the Convention People’s Party.

The late President will always be remembered for many achievements including the powerful speech he delivered on the sixth of March proclaiming "Ghana will be free forever”, from the British Monarch, to millions of Ghanaian gathered at the Independence Square now Black Stars Square.

The speech was significant as it relinquished the British control over then Gold coast.

As today marks the birthday of the late President lets refresh our minds with his statement moments after Ghana gained independence from colonial masters.

Read full speech below:

At long last, the battle has ended! And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!

And yet again, I want to take the opportunity to thank the people of this country; the youth, the farmers, the women who have so nobly fought and won the battle.

Also, I want to thank the valiant ex-servicemen who have so cooperated with me in this mighty task of freeing our country from foreign rule and imperialism.

And, as I pointed out… from now on, today, we must change our attitudes and our minds. We must realise that from now on we are no longer a colonial but free and independent people.

But also, as I pointed out, that also entails hard work. That new Africa is ready to fight his own battles and show that after all the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.

We are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our foundation – our own African personality.

As I said to the Assembly a few minutes ago, I made a point that we are going to create our own Africa personality and identity. It is the only way we can show the world that we are ready for our own battles.

But today, may I call upon you all, that on this great day that let us all remember that nothing can be done unless it has the support of God.


Let us now, fellow Ghanaians, let us now ask for God’s blessing for only two seconds, and in your thousands and millions.

I want to ask you to pause for only one minute and give thanks to Almighty God for having led us through our difficulties, imprisonments, hardships and sufferings, to have brought us to our end of troubles today. One minute silence.

Ghana is free forever! And here I will ask the band to play the Ghana National Anthem.

Reshaping Ghana’s destiny, I am depending on the millions of the country, and the chiefs and the people, to help me to reshape the destiny of this country. We are prepared to pick it up and make it a nation that will be respected by every nation in the world.

We know we're going to have difficult beginnings, but again, I am relying on your support…. I am relying upon your hard work.

Seeing you in this… It doesn’t matter how far my eyes go, I can see that you are here in your millions. And my last warning to you is that you are to stand firm behind us so that we can prove to the world that when the African is given a chance, he can show the world that he is somebody!

We have awakened. We will not sleep anymore. Today, from now one, there is a new African in the world!

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