The eminent city of Cape Coast was a hive of activity yesterday as it welcomed dignitaries and diplomats from all over the country and the world to commemorate Ghana’s 65th Independence Day.
The theme of the celebration was “working together, bouncing back together,” and the Special Guest was Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, first lady Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, vice president Dr Bawumia, and second lady Mrs Samira Bawumia were among those in attendance.
The city was awash in the vibrant, yet energetic national colours of red, gold, and green, with a prominent blackstar.
There was a colourful display of culture, show of abilities, and the country’s security strength from the presentation of gymnastics to the military’s irresistible macho skill, .
In the early hours of Sunday, the host stadium was packed with clergymen including the Catholic Archbishop of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, and the Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Coast, Most Rev. Mattias Kobina Nketsiah, diplomats, students, and onlookers from all walks of life,
Students, activist groups, and contingents from various security agencies in the country were hard at work to rekindle the patriotic spirit in the younger generation.
When AGNUS-DEI MEDIA caught up with students from three of Cape Coast’s most prestigious Catholic schools(Students from St.Augustine’s College, Holy child Senior High School and the Catholic Jubilee Basic School), it was an exhilarating display of patriotism, especially for those who joined the parade with confidence and joy.
It was a moment of patriotic fulfillment and historic significance for these students when the drummers set the beat while they watched the parade of ordinary citizens, veterans, and members of various security agencies dressed in traditional garb marching and waving the Ghanaian flag while some were on horses, others in slow-moving cars, and others on foot.
Some of the students said having witnessed the National Independence Day celebration has impacted their perspective on the event and that they have given a lot of thought to what independence actually means.
“Ghana’s independence march was a hard period for us youngsters, but it was also a time for us to have fun in our individual districts because of the preparation, some of us did not even sleep because we didn’t want to miss the chance to march, but today some of us are experiencing the national event live, and I can’t convey my joy in words,” said final year APSU.
Another student, Ivan Gyamfi said “I’m delighted to watch the celebration, especially this time because it is a national event. I am glad my school is participating in this historic event and it is an experience I would forever cherish. we hope such opportunities will always be available us to see and learn more about our cultural values.”
The march did not overlook Holy Child School, popularly known as Angel’s Hill.
They were wonderfully represented in the parade with young females, and onlookers praised them for a superb display of vigorous marching.
When AGNUS-DEI MEDIA caught up with the students from the famous Catholic Jubilee Basic School, they were ecstatic and couldn’t contain their pleasure.
“I couldn’t sleep last night since I heard the president was coming, and my school was among those marching for him to see,” I couldn’t believe my eyes, said one student who took part in the parade.
In a similar development, His Eminence Peter Cardinal Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Italybased Ghanaian Cardinal led the Catholic Community in a colourful independence Day Mass in Rome.
Here are some pictures by the St John of God Society from the celebration
On the 6th of March, 1957, Ghana declared independence from British colonialism. As a result, the day is commemorated as a national holiday every year in honor of our founding fathers’ sacrifices to gain freedom from their colonial oppressors.
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