“Thus might we take the title of Ghana, not out of romanticism, but as an inspiration for the long term. It is ideal and good to know about our previous. For just as the foreseeable future moves from the present, so the existing has emerged from the past.”
Ghana’s 1st President Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah relocating his famous “Motion of Destiny”. This was on July 10, 1953. It was a motion for constitutional reform that will see the Gold Coast get independence in the in close proximity to long term. Nkrumah in his autobiography recounts the ambiance in parliament on the working day.
“…every seat in the assembly was loaded and crowds have been standing outside nervous to take part in what was heading on in the Property. The environment was a person of rejoicing, pretty much as if independence experienced currently been received.”
He recalls his opening line
“Mr. Speaker, I beg to transfer that this Assembly in adopting the Government’s White paper on constitutional reform, do authorize the Authorities to request that Her Majesty’s Govt as quickly as the needed constitutional and administrative arrangements for independence are created, should really introduce an Act of Independence into the United Kingdom Parliament declaring the Gold Coast a sovereign and Impartial Point out inside the Commonwealth.”
Nkrumah defined that extended ahead of England had assumed any relevance, there was an empire that stretched from Timbuktu to Bamako and even as much as the Atlantic. He ongoing that attorneys and scholars lived and have been revered in the empire and that “inhabitants wore garments of wool, cotton, silk and velvet. There was trade in copper, gold and textile fabrics and jewels”.
It is this Ghana empire, which Nkrumah considered inhabitants of Gold Coast have been descendants of, is standard the new nation was to just take just after.
“There was so a lot in its glory. What our ancestors in the context of their modern society presents us assurance that we can develop, out of that previous, a glorious future, not in phrases of war and military pomp but in terms of social progress and of peace.
The CPP governing administration will afterwards in 1956 propose the name Ghana yet again in the Federal government White paper on a new constitution. Students according to writer Kabral Blay Amihere (Ghana, 1947-1957-The Independence Story) take note that the to start with hyperlink in between Historical Ghana empire and the Gold Coastline was built by Rev. W.T Balmer in his book “A Record of the Akan Persons of the Gold Coastline.”
Mr. Blay-Amihere retains the look at nevertheless that scholar and politician J.B Danquah popularised the title in his poem “The Woman I Love” released in 1936. It reads
“I like girl,
A black female
Golden is her own title,
Guinea’s Golden Lady,
And Christened by her God-Fathers
But from birth Ghana”
Mr. Blay-Amihere notes in his reserve that when the concern of the name arrived up on August 3, 1956, in the Legislative Assembly, the opposition boycotted this session leaving only 72 users of the CPP.
When the difficulty came up once more, Nkrumah in accordance to the Report of the Gold Coastline Legislative Assembly Debates mentioned
“No criticisms had been manufactured at that time in the assembly of what I then mentioned and certainly it would have been challenging for the Chief of Opposition (Dr. Abrefa Busia) to have finished so. He was then the chief and only member of the Ghana Congress Bash in the Assembly. Hon. Users may possibly think it is a small ludicrous for an opposition led by the Leader of the Ghana Congress get together to repudiate the name of Ghana merely simply because it has been proposed by the authorities as a acceptable title for the country at large”.
NPP member of the Assembly for Gonja East J. A Braimah was the first Opposition member to formally reject the title.
“The title “Gold Coast” is most popular to the title “Ghana” from the Opposition’s position of watch. If we go back again into record, we will discover that the Northerners are descendants of the Songhai Empire, and we have been explained to that it was the Songhai empire that defeated the Ghana Empire, why must we settle for the name of a nation defeated by us.”
Mumuni Bawumia of the identical get together symbolizing South Mamprusi East ongoing
“I feel according to the White Paper it is obvious that the three territorial councils ended up in favour that the name Gold Coast should however stay as the name of the nation. I advise government to acknowledge the amendment. We sustain that the title “Ghana” is not ideal and that Gold Coast is suitable enough.”
Danquah, the proponent of the title was at this time not a member of the assembly.
CPP Member of the Assembly, Krobo Edusei argued as follows
“The Opposition were being the people who to start with proposed the name but for the reason that Kwame Nkrumah will get the credit history of renaming the state Ghana, they say no.”
The difficulty was place to a vote and “Ghana” carried the working day.
As the nation marks August 4, 2020, as Founders’ day, it is value stating the timeless words of Kwame Nkrumah.
“Our battles shall be in opposition to the outdated suggestions that maintain gentlemen trammeled in their personal greed from the crass stupidities that hatred, panic and inhumanity. The heroes of our potential will be people who can lead our men and women out of the stifling fog of disintegration by way of serfdom, into the valley of gentle where goal, endeavor and dedication will develop that brotherhood which Christ proclaimed two thousand a long time ago, and about which so a lot is said, but so little performed.”
Credit: Kabral Blay-Amihere’s before long-to-be-released ebook, “1947-1957, The Story of Ghana’s Independence” assisted the writer drastically in this publication.