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Dr Kwame Nkrumah
Dr Kwame Nkrumah

Founder’s Day not a day to sleep — Prof. Opoku

By Muntalla Inusah  |  muntalla.inusah@dailyheritage.com.gh


THE CHAIRMAN of the Kwabena Nketia Centre for African Studies, Prof. Kofi Asare Opoku is advocating for a national event towards honouring the heroes who fought for Ghana’s independence during the Founder’s Day celebration.

According to him, “Founder’s Day is not a day to sleep” but rather should be a day that is commemorated with series of national activities that exhibit the ideals of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and his colleagues who fought hard for the nation.

He is of the conviction that a well-co-ordinated programme to celebrate Dr Nkrumah on the day will serve as inspiration to many Ghanaians to have a deeper understanding of what the Founder’s Day celebration means.

Prof. Opoku made this known yesterday on the back of concerns as to why no national event was held on the day in honour of the heroes who fought for the country’s Independence.

“The Founder’s Day should be a day on which we remember the achievements of Nkrumah. His speeches… There should be competitions and some people should write poems about Nkrumah, plays, songs and many others.

“The Founder’s Day is not a day to sleep. It is a day of inspiration when the story of Nkrumah must be told and retold. Nkrumah achieved a lot because he believed in himself and stood firm as an African and that is where his confidence came from and we are eroding that confidence which belongs to us naturally by merely imitating others.”

Founder’s Day is a day statutorily set aside to observe the birthday of Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

About Nkrumah

Statue of Dr Kwame Nkrumah
Statue of Dr Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah was born as Francis Nwia Kofi Ngonloma in Nkroful, Gold Coast. Nkrumah studied to be a teacher at Achimota School in Accra from 1925 to 1935.

For five years he worked as a teacher in several schools in the Gold Coast including a Roman Catholic school in Axim, while he was saving money to continue his education in the United States of America.

In 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Takoradi, Gold Coast, to Liverpool, England, and made his way to London, England, where he applied and received his student visa from the American Embassy.

It was while Nkrumah was in London in late 1935 that he heard the news of the Invasion of Abyssinia by fascist Italy, an event that outraged the young Nkrumah.

This prompted him to set his sights on a political career. In October 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Liverpool to the United States, where he enrolled at the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939, and then he completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1942.

Nkrumah also earned his Master of Science degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942, and then his M.A. in philosophy in 1943.

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