The Minister for the Interior, Hon. Ambrose Dery, has officially declared Friday, August 4th as a public holiday in Ghana. This move comes as the nation celebrates Founders’ Day, a day dedicated to commemorating the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), the first political party in the Gold Coast, which is now known as Ghana.
Founders’ Day was initiated by the Nana Addo-led government to honor not only the individuals who played pivotal roles in the struggle for independence but also to recognize the diverse contributions of all those who fought for Ghana’s sovereignty. Initially celebrated on September 21st, the day was later moved to August 4th to mark the anniversary of UGCC’s formation in 1947.
The spirit behind Founders’ Day goes beyond mere remembrance; it is a day to celebrate the achievements of Ghana’s founding fathers and to reflect on the country’s progress since attaining independence. It serves as a powerful reminder of the commitment to democracy and freedom that they fought so hard to achieve.
The holiday is observed nationwide, with schools and businesses closed to allow Ghanaians to participate in public events and celebrations held throughout the country. Since its official recognition in 2018, Founders’ Day has gained significance and has become an essential part of Ghana’s national history.
This year, as the nation marks Founders’ Day on August 4th, it is an opportunity for Ghanaians to unite and pay homage to the visionary leaders who played a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s destiny. It is also a moment to reaffirm the commitment to the principles and values that Ghana’s founding fathers held dear – principles that continue to guide the nation toward a brighter future.
As we celebrate Founders’ Day, let us take a moment to honor the sacrifices made by those who fought for independence and the progress we have achieved as a nation. May this day serve as a reminder of the enduring spirit of Ghana and the responsibility we all share in safeguarding its legacy for generations to come.