Ghana's 59th Independence Day celebration (photos)

Ghana's 59th Independence Day celebration (photos)

- 59 years ago, Ghana attained independence from its colonial master on March 6, 1957

- The day is marked annually to celebrate freedom from colonial rule; Dr. Kwame Nkrumah is the man who led Ghana to achieve this feat

- The event was marked with a national parade of school children, voluntary organizations and security services at the Independence Square in Accra

- President Mahama challenged Ghanaians to safeguard the country for the future generation 

Ghana's 59th Independence Day celebration (photos)

An infographic of Ghanaian leaders since independence

President John Dramani Mahama has urged Ghanaians to do everything possible to protect and “safeguard our independence”.

Speaking during the 59th Independence Day Anniversary of Ghana at the Black Star Square Sunday, President Mahama said our forefathers laid down their lives for us and the current generation must in turn lay down their lives for future generation.

“The future we are building is situated on the grounds that our forebears broke. In the future these children who marched here today will be depending on our attitudes and actions. The successes and failures of these nations belong to all of us,” he told he gathering at the parade.

“We are the ones that must ensure there is liberty in our lands. Every year school children are included in the Independence Day parade, not for the purposes of entertainment, but as a representation of our nation’s future.

The 59 Independence Day celebration of Ghana is underway.

The event is being held the Black Star Square or Independence Square  in Accra where there will be a national parade of the various security agencies, school children and voluntary organizations.

Also, there parade sections across all the regional capitals to  observe the day.

Ghana's 59th Independence Day celebration (photos)

Spectators at the Independence Day celebration

The theme for this year's celebration is "Investing in the Youth for Ghana's Transformation."

In attendance are the President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama and the Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur.

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Ghana's 59th Independence Day celebration (photos)

The Ghana Airforce was on display at the Indece celebration

The special guest of honour are the presidents of Kenya and Guinea Bissau, Uhuru Kenyatta and José Mário Vaz.

Also present are the leadership of the governing National Democratic Congress  and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Notable figures present are: the Chairman of the party, Kofi Porturphy, Nana Akufo-Addo, CPP flagbearer, NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, amongst others.

Ghana's 59th Independence Day celebration (photos)

The Ghana Army exhibiting their marching skills

The leadership of the Parliament has attended led by Rt. Hon. Speaker Edward Doe Adjaho and the leadership of both the Majority caucus and the Minority caucus.

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The former Presidents of the Republic of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor and Jerry John Rawlings are in attendance with their families

Officially called the Republic of Ghana and previously known as the Gold Coast, it was renamed Ghana upon independence in 1957.

Ghana borders Côte d'Ivoire to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.

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