To usher in the 53rd Independence Anniversary Celebrations, a street concert was organised on “Oxford Street”, Osu in Accra by the Planning Committee. This was in fulfilment of its commitment to the popular dimension of the celebrations. “Oxford Street” was jammed with revellers enjoying music ranging from pre-independence highlife to modern hiplife. The carnival moved to Independence Square the following morning for the anniversary parade.
The 53rd Independence Celebration held under the theme, “Investing in the Youth for a Better Ghana”, was run entirely by the youth. With collaboration from the Ministry of Education and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, and support from the Planning Committee, some children performed a special 10-minute gymnastics display to celebrate Dr. Nkrumah and his leadership role in achieving independence for the country.
In recognition of the gallant efforts of Ghanaian women who committed their efforts and resources to the independence struggle, the Planning Committee organised an awards ceremony at the Banquet Hall in State House. In symbolic tribute to the vital contribution of women to the attainment of independence, the first 10 women Members of Ghana’s Independence Parliament were honoured, all but two posthumously. This was followed the next day with a family day and motivational speeches.
To commemorate the 38th anniversary of Nkrumah’s passing, the Planning Committee organised a solemn ceremony that culminated in wreath laying at the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park Cenotaph. The ceremony was attended by Vice-President Mahama, members of the Nkrumah family from Nkroful, politicians, diplomats, state officials and young people.
The Trades Union Congress dedicated the 2010 May Day parade to the memory of Kwame Nkrumah for his pioneering role in the establishment of a vibrant Trades Union Congress. Among other solidarity messages, that of the representative of the Centenary Planning Committee focused on Nkrumah’s support for building a TUC that championed the aspirations of workers to build a nation of work and happiness.
During Africa Liberation Week, the African Union made a ceremonial presentation to President Atta Mills of a Flame of Peace that had been carried around AU Member States by the AU Commission. The arrival of the Flame in Ghana was appropriately timed to coincide with the centenary of a man who had dedicated his life to African freedom and development.