Ghana’s National founder’s day was set as a public holiday to remember or commemorate the birthday of the nation’s first president, Osagyefo Dr.Kwame Nkrumah. The event is observed on 21st of September every year.
One question most Ghanaians ask most often is whether founder’s day is worth celebrating?.
It is completely wrong for a developing country like Ghana to use its productive days for holidays. The country must utilize every working day to help in building it. It is so sad to see a budding country always embracing holidays rather than working. If Ghana wants to develop just like other countries have, then this is the time to cancel out most holidays like the founder’s day which is just a mere waste of time.
Many prominent people in Ghana have spoken against the celebration of Nkrumah’s birthday but were only tagged with being Nkrumaiasts. The same people who want Ghana to keep celebrating this holiday know very well that our youth who are future leaders mostly get injured or die during holidays.
If the youths are indeed the future leaders of our country, will there be leaders left if they all die during holidays?. Certainly no.
Welcome to a country where everything is politicised. Whenever someone makes the mistake of his or her life to speak against issues that affect us as a country, the person is either tagged with a particular party or being insane.
For example, one School of thought has it that the ruling New Patriotic Party is an anti-Nkrumaiast since it follows in the Busia-Danquah tradition that formed the United Party. Whenever the New Patriotic Party speak against the founder’s day celebration, people begin to point accusing hand at them.
Another School of thought has it that the opposition National Democratic Congress believes in the ideology of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, since some of its figures are said to be Nkrumaiasts or defectors from the CPP.
My question is, how can a country like ours joke with an issue of this nature?. Why do we see politics in everything we do as a nation?.
Nana Akufo-Addo once said that we must be citizens and not spectators. Let us wake up as patriotic citizens that our forefathers were years ago, also we must practice most of their good ideologies to help build our country. Youths of Ghana! Let your thirst for development to be unquenchable.
Long live Nkrumah!
Long live Ghana