Ghana Celebrates 60 years of Independence

Today marked 60 years of Ghana being an independent country and it also marked 60 years since Kwame Nkrumah became Ghana’s first president in 1957 and led them become an independent nation.

Ghanaian’s everywhere celebrated the day and used Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to share their plans for the occasion.

Other parts of Africa united to take part in remembering the day, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe also celebrated with Ghana. Alongside him were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara.

Ghanains in the UK have planned to celebrate on the 11th of March at The Coronet in London. There will be artists of Ghanaian descent featuring plus, afrobeats, old school R&B and lots more so if you haven’t had the chance to celebrate you still can. For more information visit www.shoobs.com/events/Ghana-60-official-independence-celebration.

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Picture taken from http://www.voiceonline.co.uk

How much do you know about Ghana? Here are 5 fun facts about the land of gold.

  1. Before her independence Ghana was known as the Gold Coast because gold was traded from Ghana to western countries

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2. Ghana was the first African country to gain independence from colonial rule

ghana indepence arch3. Ghana exports the most cocoa beans in the world after Ivory Coast

cocoa beans4.Ghana has the largest market in West Africa called ‘Kejetia’

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5. The traditional cloth of Ghana is known as Kente Cloth

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