BETTER ANNIVERSARY DAY CELEBRATIONS: MESSAGE OF POSITIVE REFLECTIONS
By Evangelist Albert Forson – Executive Director (POSITIVE MINDSET INTERNATIONAL (NGO)
Today is our day! A day the Lord has made for all Ghanaians to be free in the right sense of the word freedom.
As I congratulate all the Heroes and heroines who fought and contributed to the independence of Ghana as a republic, I also cease the opportunity to rekindle the mindset of Ghanaians towards something practically worth celebrating.
“The annual celebration of Ghana’s independence would be meaningless unless it is practically linked to a monumental edifice befitting the years of independence”
I believe in Osagyefo Nkrumah’s Dream of the total liberation of the African continent, but whilst dreaming globally, planning continentally we need to ACT locally to actualize and justify the independence celebrations.
What we have today is the observance of a National Holiday; ceremonial march by students, civil servants, public institutions, the military, the army and the beautiful display of the national flag and our partial patriotism.
This is good. As an Evangelist and Media proud Ghanaian I always wear my Ghana colors throughout the independence month and preach about nationalism and patriotism. However we need to strive for better independence celebration in our better Ghana.
We need positive change in the scheme of things to achieve the vision of a better Ghana.
As a leading civil society organization advocating a national orientation and influencing mindset for nation building, we believe we can do better to ‘blow our horn’ and most importantly leave an enviable heritage for the next generation.
Marching, National Speeches, youthful and patriotic displays on this day always looks exciting and scintillating. The day rolls away with its entertainment, excursions, partying, excitement and great speeches.
I call on all Ghanaians to not only debate but resolve to change our mindset regarding our independence day celebrations.
I propose the construction of a national edifice in a chosen Region where the national ceremony will be held. We can build a modern Hospital or well resourced school and inaugurate it on the anniversary day as a birth day gift to all Ghanaians, especially the citizens in the chosen Region.
The choice of national edifice and Region for the construction and celebrations would change yearly to meet the real needs of Ghanaians.
The cost of the independence celebrations from national to Region and district would therefore be reduced and refocused to the construction of a more beneficial developmental structure.
This is the thinking of an independent mindset and people.
The 56th independence celebration will then see the construction, completion and inauguration of the 56th Independence Training College in the Western Region.
The President will still have the opportunity and platform to address the nation, students and public servants will still demonstrate their patriotism and cultural displays and what is more Ghana would become better than a year before.
This Independence Day ‘project’ will attract the support of the international community, Big private companies, INGOs and well endowed Ghanaians who are passionate and think like our first President, DR. Kwame Nkrumah.
Our annual independence day celebration will remain a sad funeral or memorial service for our highly indebted mindset (HIM); or a comedy show of our mediocre bitter achievements (MBA) unless we resolve to take pragmatic and practical actions and activities that would be worth celebrating.
I humbly appeal to the President and his Government and every leader who can facilitate the actualization of the Ghana Independence Day Project to use the whole of 2012 to think, brainstorm, plan, raise funds and start constructing the 56th independence national edifice in 2013. I and my young NGO will gladly contribute to this dream.
I also humbly petition the Government, political parties, national and opinion leaders, the youth, the police and proud citizens of Ghana to offer ourselves PEACE as a beautiful birthday gift.
This year’s celebration will be null and void if we fail to give peace a chance or deliberately work hard for it.
We don’t need President Obama or an Angel to inspire and provoke us unto changing our bad-old-Ghanaian – mindset of anti-development, negative politics, dirty debate and public insults.
The Ghanaian is capable of taking its national development into his own hands and catapult it into a better Ghana. The Ghanaian black man is capable of managing his own affairs, especially designing a more suitable and beneficial independence day with a monumental edifice.
We don’t need the Gargantuan expenditures on a celebration which will not benefit the ordinary Ghanaian.
We do need unity and tolerance. We need a vision and ideology which is own and pushed by all Ghanaians. We need a tangible development which will answer the poverty, illiteracy, disease and unemployment questions.
We need to promise ourselves that Ghanaian dream is doable
The Ghanaian dream is not corruption, poverty and mediocrity
The Ghanaian dream is promoting our national flag as the center of the whole world where our small country supplies the entire globe with unlimited resources, values, hospitality and eradicating poverty and disease.
Can we achieve the Ghanaian dream in our polarized political society? YES WE CAN!
We only need positive mindset, unity of purpose, good governance and the fear of God.
Above all we need PEACE and sustainable development in an atmosphere of unity in diversity.
“The 55th celebration of Ghana’s independence would be meaningless unless it is passionately linked to a monumental edifice befitting our 55 years of independence”
Happy 55th Birthday to all.
Long live Ghana.
EVG. Albert Forson
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