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Founder's Day/Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day

Ghana National Holiday in Ghana

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When is Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day?

How long until Founders Day?
This holiday next takes place in 64 Days.
Dates of Founders Day
Year Weekday Date
2019 Saturday September 21st
2018 Friday September 21st
2016 Wednesday September 21st
2015 Monday September 21st
Duration
1 Day
Summary
Marks the birthday of Ghana's first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the founding fathers of Ghana

This statutory public holiday is celebrated on 21 September. If 21 September falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be observed as a holiday.

This holiday commemorates the birthday of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana's first President. It is also known as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.

History of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day

In 1874, Britain took control over parts of Ghana, naming them the British Gold Coast.

Britain was weakened by the efforts of World War II and following a rising desire for independence, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence, on 6 March 1957.

Dr. Nkrumah was the driving force behind the independence of Ghana from British rule and founded the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

In 1960, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr Kwame was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republic was proclaimed on 1 July 1960.

In February 1966, while Nkrumah on a state visit to Vietnam and China, his government was overthrown in a military coup. Nkrumah never returned to Ghana and died in April 1972.

In September 2009, President John Atta Mills declared 21 September (the centenary of Kwame Nkrumah's birth in 1909) to be Founder's Day, a statutory holiday in Ghana.

Nkrumah designed the national flag of Ghana. Its design was inspired by Ethiopia's green-yellow-red Lion of Judah flag with the lion replaced by a black star. Red symbolizes bloodshed and struggle; green stands for beauty and agriculture; yellow represents mineral wealth; and the Black Star represents African freedom.

How is Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day Celebrated?

The day is marked with lectures and events to commemorate the achievements and legacy of Dr. Nkrumah. Recently the CPP has stated that they would like to see Founder's Day marked by an activity such as cleaning up, to make the day more productive.


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