The Local And Diaspora Divide – The Independence Day Matter

The Ghana Flag fades into the LGBT+ flag

This Saturday, March 6, Ghana will be marking 64 years since it became an independent country.

It was the first country south of the Sahara dessert to achieve this.

The road to independence was not a jolly ride and was was preceded by an invasion of the Europeans.

They came to trade in gold, share the text in the Bible, but they eventually started selling many Africans into slavery which became the transatlantic slave trade.

From slavery came colonialism which was mastered by the British. They built an empire across the globe from the United States of America to India.

Historians have famously stated that the sun never set on the British empire.

At the time, they met geographically, but now it can be inferred to mean socio-economic development.

Since March 6, 1957, Ghana has gone through a lot of phases which have resulted in the current 4th republic we enjoy.

However, these changes have had little impact on economic development as compared to other countries that gained their own independence around the same time Ghana did – case in point – Malaysia.

For most Ghanaians living through economic hardships in Ghana, there isn’t much to celebrate on Independence day, since it has not led to financial independence both on the level of the state and personal level.

Even with the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government had to enroll in the COVAX programme before Ghanaians could get vaccines. The COVAX programme is meant to secure and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries.

In the last couple of days, another issue has reemphasized the growing discontentment some Ghanaians living in Ghana have for the country.

The sheer amount of homophobia that has been spewed on social and traditional media platforms has put fear in the LGBT+ community in the country. The attack on their human rights, which has been endorsed by government officials has made others also feel less patriotic as the country heads into Independence day weekend.

However, most Ghanaians in the diaspora and others with some Ghanaian heritage have been very vocal and very enthusiastic about Independence Day.

Twitter has been flooded with the Ghana flag and many are getting ready for a rather virtual mega bash to celebrate Ghana at 64.

This has created some form of a clash between the Ghanaians living in Ghana who are less enthused about March 6 and those in the diaspora who are going off and doing the most with Ghana Pride posts.

Are you thankful and will you celebrate Ghana’s 64th Independence Day?


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