- What is Founder’s Day?
Founder’s Day is national public holiday observed in Ghana to mark the birthday of Ghana’s first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the founding fathers of Ghana.
- When is Founder’s Day?
It is celebrated on September 21 of every year. If 21 September falls on a weekend, the following Monday will be observed as a holiday.
- Who proposed it?
The day was set aside by late President John Evans Atta Mills as a holiday that would recognize Nkrumah for his tremendous contribution towards the independence of Ghana and Liberation struggle for the entire African continent.
- History of Founder’s Day
Britain took control over parts of Ghana in 1874 and named them the British Gold Coast.
Dr. Nkrumah being the driving force behind the quest for independence, Britain was weakened by the efforts of World War II. In fact, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence, on 6 March 1957
In 1960, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr Kwame (founder of Convention People’s Party – CPP) was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republic was proclaimed on 1 July 1960.
In February 1966, while Nkrumah on a state visit to Vietnam and China, his government was overthrown in a military coup. Nkrumah never returned to Ghana and died in April 1972.
In September 2009, President John Atta Mills declared 21 September (the centenary of Kwame Nkrumah’s birth in 1909) to be Founder’s Day, a statutory holiday in Ghana.
- How is Founder’s Day celebrated?
Every year the Day is marked with lectures and other programmes to commemorate the achievements and legacy of Dr Nkrumah.
|Official name||National Founder’s Day|
|Significance||Honour Kwame Nkrumah and all founding fathers of Ghana|
|First time celebrated||2009 (proposed by the late J.E. Atta Mills)|