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August 4 is Kwame Nkrumah Memorial (Founders’ Day)

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The Ministry of Interior has declared Wednesday, August 4, 2021, which marks Founders’ Day as a statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country.

Founder’s Day is celebrated to commemorate the efforts of our forefathers who led the way toward Ghana’s independence.

A statement issued and signed by the Interior Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery, said “The general public is hereby informed that Wednesday, 4th August, 2021 which marks Founders’ Day, is a Statutory Public Holiday and should be observed as such throughout the country”.

History of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day

In 1874, Britain took control over parts of Ghana, naming them the British Gold Coast.

Britain was weakened by the efforts of World War II and following a rising desire for independence, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve independence, on March 6th 1957.

Dr. Nkrumah was the driving force behind the independence of Ghana from British rule and founded the Convention People’s Party (CPP).

Nkrumah will always be remembered for the powerful speech he delivered on the day Ghana gained independence, March 6th 1957, proclaiming “Ghana will be free forever”, from British rule, to millions of Ghanaian gathered at the Independence Square now Black Stars Square. The speech was significant as it relinquished the British control over the Gold coast.

In 1960, Prime Minister Osagyefo Dr. Kwame was sworn into office as the first President of the country and the republic was proclaimed on July 1st 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 September 21st (the centenary of Kwame Nkrumah’s birth in 1909) to be Founder’s Day, a statutory holiday in Ghana.

Nkrumah designed the national flag of Ghana. Its design was inspired by Ethiopia’s green-yellow-red Lion of Judah flag with the lion replaced by a black star. Red symbolizes bloodshed and struggle; green stands for beauty and agriculture; yellow represents mineral wealth; and the Black Star represents African freedom.

How is Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day Celebrated?

The day is marked with lectures and events to commemorate the achievements and legacy of Dr. Nkrumah.

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Ghanaian Designer Christie Brown has Unveiled their Ready-to-wear Collection (Resort 2021)

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One of Ghana’s luxury womenswear brands; Christie Brown has unveiled their Resort 2021 ready-to-wear collection with aesthetic moments, shared in a fashion show preview to sort of officially present the new collection to the guests and the fashion industry all over Ghana. This so much anticipated event was held at the Mix Design Hub in Accra on Saturday, 15th May 2021, and live-streamed on Instagram.

The show was produced by Ghanaian-based fashion media, Debonair Afrik; with images captured through the lens of Vine Images, a local photographer. The collection featured voluminous sleeved kimonos, embroidered corset-wrapped blouses, jumpsuits with corset bodices and much, much more to be admired. They were exquisitely crafted with fabrics such as Batik, Cotton Batik, Linen, and Batik Dyed Linen.

 

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Rihanna is officially a billionaire, becoming richest female musician

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Rihanna has officially entered the billionaire’s club, Forbes reported on Wednesday.

Forbes estimates that the pop star and business mogul — founder of fashion house Fenty as well as makeup line Fenty Beauty — is now worth $1.7 billion, making her the wealthiest female musician in the world and the second-wealthiest female entertainer in the world after Oprah Winfrey.

In 2017, the 32-year-old launched Fenty Beauty, an inclusive cosmetics line that made waves for catering to a wide range of individuals. Rihanna owns 50% of the company and has brought in $1.4 billion in less than 5 years. It is under the LVMH conglomerate, which made her the first Black woman under the historical, multinational group.

Fenty Beauty isn’t the only thing bringing in huge money for the star as Savage X Fenty has also proven to be a huge success. In February, the lingerie company raised $115 million in funding at a $1 billion valuation, according to Forbes.

Outside of her flourishing music career, Rihanna has achieved one more significant accomplishment as a business mogul.

With Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty keeping her so busy, fans are now left wondering when or if she will ever release another studio album. Since releasing her 2016 album “Anti,” the singer has only appeared as a feature on songs with Drake, DJ Khaled, and PartyNextDoor.

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#FixTheCountry demonstration in Accra

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The ghanaian youth from across the country have joined forces to lament about the many ways Ghanaians are suffering in a country, the protesters both young and old are on the street rally against the government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The blame for the status quo is being laid right on the doorstep of the Ghanaian political elites who many accuse of going into politics to enrich themselves rather than to solve the basic problems of the everyday Ghanaian.

Housing, education, healthcare, good-paying jobs, and many other crucial necessities of the Ghanaian are not being addressed.

That is why on Founders’ Day, young Ghanaians are taking to the streets with the #FixTheCountry demonstration, a campaign that started online and now represents an outcry of the Ghanaians.

 

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