Exactly sixty years ago, March 6, 1957, the African nation of Ghana became the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain independence from a colonial power. Since then, the country has gone through its ups and downs, and is now arguably the most stable nation in Africa.
Certainly, Ghana has had its challenges and its fair share of military coup d’états and “dictatorships”, but it has had democratically elected governments for decades. Ghana is unique in many ways, some of which include but are not limited to:
- Freedom of press, religion and other freedoms
- The co-existence of Muslims and Christians in a civil society
- No civil wars or conflicts since independence
- Low incidents of aids
- Civilian governments that relinquish power when they lose an election
- More slave forts than any other nation (a dubious distinction)
- A major tourist destination with many five star hotels
There is much more to this wonderful African nation. Happy Independence Day to Ghana!