On the night of 6th March 1957, Ghana’s first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah mounted a podium at the Old Polo Grounds (now the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum) to declare Ghana’s independence from British rule to thousands of excited Ghanaians.
Today, Ghana is celebrating 63 years of independence that Nkrumah and other founding fathers fought for.
The 63rd Independence Day of Ghana is currently being commemorated at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, and it is been covered by many media houses in the country, and a lot of pictures and news about the 63rd Independence celebration will be on the front pages of many newspapers on Monday.
But have you ever wondered how the first newspaper publication of Kwame Nkrumah’s independence declaration looked like?
Below is the first publication of Kwame Nkrumah’s independence declaration at the Old Polo Grounds by the Daily Graphic. It was the front-page story of the paper that was issued on Wednesday, March 6, 1957. It came along with a photo of Kwame Nkrumah and his entourage as he declared Ghana’s independence.
The headline read:
INDEPENDENCE DAY The birth of Ghana: ‘OUR BELOVED COUNTRY IS FREE FOREVER’
The write-up, titled NKRUMAH’s MIDNIGHT MESSAGE read:
“Ghana was born at midnight. The Union Jack was lowered at the National Assembly building in Accra and the red, gold and green flag of Ghana fluttered into the night air. The Gold Coast was no more. Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah was carried shoulder high out of the Assembly and passed through the tens of thousands of cheering Ghanaians to a stand in the Old Polo Ground. And there he started to highlife to music from the Police Band. Then the vast audience was hushed. And Dr Nkrumah made his dramatic midnight message announcing freedom. He said: “At long last, the battle has ended. And Ghana, our beloved country is free forever.”
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