5 Ways to Celebrate Ghana's Independence Day

Relive the iconic day in 1957 and sing along to 'Ghana Freedom'.

By Nubuke Foundation

Birthday celebration, Mr Kotey, Accra (2019) by James BarnorOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation

Ghana at 64!

Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, is the first country south of the Sahara to gain Independence on 6th March 1957. The feat also inspired other African countries to fight for Independence. 64 years on, we celebrate the day through these five highlights. 

By Mark KauffmanLIFE Photo Collection

#1: Meet the father of Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah, a fierce Pan-Africanist, led Ghana's Independence campaign and became the country's first Prime Minister and later President (1957 - 1966). 

Learn more about Nkrumah's life with photos of his days as the president and listen to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon The Birth of a Nation which he which he delivered after his visit to Ghana for its Independence Day.  

Tour Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park & Mausoleum.

E. K. Nyame, Album Cover Shoot (c.1976) by James BarnorOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation

#2: Sing along to 'Ghana Freedom'

Music is the heartbeat of Ghana, and a big part of any celebration. In the 19th century, Highlife emerged on the coast of Ghana and diffused into the inner parts of the country.  

Enjoy Dance Highlife by E.T Mensah, and Palm Wine Highlife by Agya Koo Nimo. From Northern Ghana, flow with Kologo music or vibe to the contemporary music fusion of AmaaraeAkanRia Boss and Worlasi.

Ghana Freedom by E.T. Mensah

Ghana, we now have freedom (freedom)
Ghana, land of freedom
Toils of the brave
And the sweat of their labours
Toils of the brave which has brought results

Kwame, the star of Ghana (freedom)
Nkrumah, star of Ghana (everybody)
Toils of the brave
And the sweat of their labours
Toils of the brave which has brought results 

Gold Coast will thank Nanaom and elders 
Late Casely Hayford, Mensah Sabbah Paa Grant, Sargent Adjetey 
And all who fought for freedom
Everybody 
Toils of the brave 
And the sweat of their labours 
Toils of the brave which has brought results

A Luminary Talk with James Barnor (2019) by Tarimobowei EguleOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation

#3: Relive history through the lens of James Barnor

James Barnor (b.1929) is now widely recognised as one of Ghana's pioneering photographers. By the time the country had attained political independence in 1957, Barnor had emerged as a formidable photographer. And throughout the years, he has been there with his camera to witness the development of the nation.

The video highlights Nubuke Foundation retrospective exhibition of Barnor's work. Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.

James Barnor: A Retrospective trailer Nubuke Foundation

Love Glasses by Rufai ZakariOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation

#3: Feel the vibe with Ghanaian slang

Vibe -  A good feeling 

Chale and GeeFriend 

Chef/ Chairman/ Big man - a term of address. Like dude. Big man may also refer to an elite or a politician.

Burgher/Borga - Returnee/ Been-to Contemporarily, it may mean dude.

Ice / block - Money



This Exhibition is Untitled' opening day (2020) by Ernest Kwaku EdufoOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation

#5: Meet the artists and discover the art scene

Ghana's contemporary art scene is thriving and reaching global acclaim. If in Ghana, make sure to visit the galleries Nubuke Foundation, Artist Alliance, Gallery 1957, Foundation for Contemporary Art-Ghana, the blaxTARLINES KUMASI‏  Contemporary Art Space, Kumasi and the Savannah Centre for Contemporary Art and Tamale.

Check out the works of El Anatsui, Ibrahim Mahama, and Serge Attukwei Clottey. Or get to know Ghana's young emerging artists with Winifred Amoah, Rufai Zakari, Musah Yussif, Jonathan Kwegyir Aggrey,and Bernice Ameyaw

Family Room (Abusua Asaso) (2017) by Gideon AppahOriginal Source: Nubuke Foundation

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