Ghanaians Unhappy As Republic Day Is Not A Holiday

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Exactly 61 years ago, on July 1 1960, Ghana became a fully-fledged republic country.

In the story of our independence, 6th March, 1957 is the most popular date.

However, July 1, 1960, is also as relevant as the previous date.

While we became an independent country on March 6, 1957, we still had Queen Elizabeth II as our Head of State.

Meaning, the British Parliament did not control Ghana, however, we were still subjects of the British crown.

This is the reason why Kwame Nkrumah was initially known as the Prime Minister.

Then a little over three years down the line on July 1, 1960, Ghana became a republic.

This meant we did not have a monarch as our Head of State and we stopped being subjects of Queen Elizabeth II and her heirs and Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah became President Kwame Nkrumah.

This, many argue, was the final colonial chain to be broken.

Since then, the day has been celebrated as a holiday until 2019 when President Akufo-Addo made changes to the holiday calendar of the country.

He cancelled some and made them commemoratory days and introduced new days to serve as holidays, such as August 4, which is now known as Founders’ Day.

However, some are unhappy that we don’t get to celebrate July 1 as a holiday.

Happy Republic Day, everyone!


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