A historian, Patrick Quame Ati, has stated categorically that, Ghana’s independence was not achieved by former President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
According to him he finds it very funny when people or well known persons lauds Dr. Nkrumah as the founder of Ghana and the achiever of independence for the nation.
Speaking in an interviews with Metro News’ Ahwinienana Yaa Afrah, on Thursday, Mr Ati challenged anyone to debate with him over the issue of founders day and the achiever of Ghana independence, stating that, Dr J.B Dankwah who proposed the name ‘Ghana’ deserves more credit than Dr. Nkrumah.
“There is no iota of truth in the said issue of Dr. Nkrumah being the founder of Ghana and I am ready to debate on any day on any platform, it was open secret that was the one who suggested the name ‘Ghana’ based on the abundance of natural resources in the land” he said.
He noted that independence of the then Gold Coast was already won during the signing of the Bond of 1844, 113 years before independence was achieved.
He therefore added that, the celebration of the birthday of Dr Nkrumah is needless adding that the following people must be recommended and celebrated as part of their contributions and hard working to the growth of this country.
* Tetteh Quashie – discovery of Ghana Cocoa seed which is 50% of Ghana’s revenue
* Austin Craig – Designer of the Ghana Map
* Effraim Amu- composer of Yen ara ye Asase ni
* Philip Kwame Gbeho- composer of the pledge.
* Mrs Theodosia Okoh – designer of the Ghana Flag
* Prof. Nii Amo Quartey – Designer of the cote of Arms
He said, the above names must all be recommended as the founders of the country but not Dr Nkrumah alone.
He, however suggested celebration of National Heroes Day on the 4th August instead of the celebration of the Founders’ Day as proposed by president Akufo Addo.
This he said will enable the fallen heroes and legends of the country to be remembered.
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Source: Metro news | Ronald Kyeremateng(Ras Vim) |