Ghanaians over the world yesterday marked the 112th birthday of their first president the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah.
Many people both young and old took to social media to celebrate him with the hashtag Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day.
Yesterday’s statutory public holiday followed the passage of the Public Holiday Amendment Bill into law in March 2019.
After leading the Convention People’s P arty (CPP) to victory to form a government, he became the leader of government business in 1951.
The move, eventually led Ghana, formally the Gold Coast to independence from British rule in 1957.
As the leader of the country, Dr Nkrumah led massive socio-economic development that resulted in a number of infrastructural projects, including the construction of the Akosombo Dam, the Tema Motorway, among other projects.
Meanwile , Ghanaian historian Mr. Kwaku Darko has opined that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah played a critical role in Ghana’s independence struggle. The historian and lecturer explained that the late Nkrumah was the key face behind the independence struggle.
He said although the New Patriotic Party (NPP) did not believe in the ideology of Kwame Nkrumah nor did they believe in socialism, they had come to respect and understand the critical role of the late Nkrumah.
He insisted that Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was the primus inter pare of the struggle for independence.
He said it was without challenge that Dr. Nkrumah led the struggle for Ghana’s independence.
He added that without him, Ghana would not have attained independence.
He made these observations on Rainbow Radio yesterday.
Mr. Kwaku Darko said the historical fact could not change and the role of Nkrumah must not be skewed for any reason.
To him, the late Nkrumah was the father of modern Ghana and for that reason, he was cherished in several countries across the globe.