Ghana gained independence on 6th March,1957. In the moments before, during, and after his great speech, I wonder what must have been going through the great Kwame Nkrumah’s head, and what he thought independence meant for us.
Here’s a little something I came up with based on some of the lines from his speech.
“At long last, the battle has ended”
Here in their numbers the people are waiting
Joy, oh joy, freedom has been long in coming.
A new chapter for our nation, glory, oh glory
I will stand to deliver a speech on our liberty.
“We are no more a colonial but a free and independent people”
Reliance on ourselves, is the way forward
Duties we must uphold because today imperialism is dead.
People! We must unite, steer steadily in ascent ,
For the future of our country lies in our gifted hands.
“…when the African is given a chance, he can show the world that he is somebody”
Double We will work, double the success.
Obstacles, wearisome they might be, but we will impress
You Mr. Nobody can be a Somebody endeared by Everybody,
They may have their cronies, but let us cultivate courtesy.
“..the black man is capable of managing his own affairs”
Necessity demands ability, We are able.
Our race is not of incompetency, We are not feeble.
Co-operation is the secret to sustainability
You and I must build on our credibility.
“Ghana is free forever and here I will ask the band to play the Ghana national anthem”
How long we fought for our independence
Today, Lord we stand grateful and united.
Ghana is sovereign!
And to the world we sing our beloved anthem.