Founders’ Day is a significant national public holiday in Ghana, celebrated on 4th August, 2023, to honor the contributions of key figures known as the “Big Six,” who played a crucial role in the country’s fight for independence. The holiday commemorates the achievements of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President and a member of the “Big Six,” who led the Ghanaian movement for independence from British colonial rule. It is a day to remember the sacrifices and determination of those who fought for Ghana’s freedom.
The “Big Six” includes Edward Akufo-Addo, Joseph Boakye Danquah, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, William Ofori Atta, and Ebenezer Ako-Adjei, all of whom played instrumental roles in the struggle for Ghana’s independence. Their collective efforts laid the foundation for a free and sovereign nation.
In recognition of the historical significance of Founders’ Day, Ghanaians across the country and in the diaspora come together to celebrate and reflect on their shared heritage. The day is marked with various events, ceremonies, and activities that showcase the rich cultural diversity and unity of the Ghanaian people.
Unity has always been at the heart of Founders’ Day celebrations. As the nation commemorates the sacrifices made by its forebears, there is a renewed call for Ghanaians to stand together in harmony and work towards a better future for their beloved country. It is an opportunity to embrace the spirit of togetherness, setting aside differences and focusing on the collective progress of the nation.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, recognizing the importance of inclusivity, proposed a legislation to Parliament to designate 4th August as the new date for Founders’ Day celebration. This decision aimed to widen the scope of the holiday to include all people who played a key role in the liberation of Ghana, ensuring that the contributions of the entire “Big Six” are honored.
As Founders’ Day approaches, let us remember the historical milestones that led to Ghana’s independence. It is a time to pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of the “Big Six” and all those who contributed to the nation’s journey towards freedom. Their legacy continues to inspire and guide us in shaping a prosperous and united Ghana.
On this Founders’ Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to the principles of unity, equality, and progress. Together, as one nation, we can overcome challenges and build a brighter future for generations to come. Let us celebrate Founders’ Day with pride, embracing our shared history and looking forward to a prosperous future as proud Ghanaians.