The ruling government in Ghana declared the 21st days of September a public holiday. As it was expected, this gesture was met with applause by many citizens in the country. Another day to be absent from work and spend some more time with family and friends.
The main purpose for this holiday declaration was to recognize the contributions of Ghana’s first president to Ghana’s growth. Although a good number of Ghanaians know the 21st September is a holiday, not too many people know why it is holiday. Where to put the blame is my current challenge. Do we blame the blogging community for doing less writing about this day? Or do we blame the government which initiated the Founders day? or should we blame the citizens for now finding out for themselves why it is indeed a holiday?
Preserving Nkrumah’s history, ideologies and achievements (as well as his short-comings) will be essential for the generations which will come after us, as well as those which will follow. Or should we just let stories of Nkrumah die with time? As a leader whose main aim was the unity of the African continent, Nkrumah’s dreams were cut short by military officers who did not share in his over-ambitious goals. Some say, at a certain point Dr. Nkrumah became selfish and was driven by his inner ego, whatever the case may be, our grandchildren deserve to hear about this young Ghanaian chap who grew up from Nzema and got the rare chance to study abroad. We owe our children a duty to preserve and maintain any data we may have about our leaders, positive or negative. These are the very foundations we can at all times count on as we attempt steering the continent into development.