Ghanaians celebrate nation’s 58th anniversary

Ghanaian-President-John-Dramani-MahamaThousands of Ghanaians from all walks of life were at the Black Star Square yesterday to participate in the country’s 58th Independence Day celebration.

The anniversary, was celebrated on the theme, “Achieving transformation through national unity.”

Among the high-profile dignitaries were former President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, as well as some leading members of the main opposition party, the NPP, and its 2012 flagberer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo.

The colourful display by the Ghana Armed Forces, the Police, Immigration and Fire Services as well as other security services, was a spectacle to watch.

The security personnel marched and displayed their arsenal to the delight of the crowd.

The Ghana Army and the Ghana Air Force demonstrated a war-like stunt with some army personnel jumping down from a helicopter high up in the sky, before marching past the dais to salute President John Mahama.

The Ghana Navy was not left out of the celebration as they lined up their ships off the shores of the coast, behind the Black Star Square.

Masqueraders from Winneba in the Central Region, danced to brass band music to entertain the crowd while female dispatch riders mesmerised the spectators with their motorbike displays.

For hundreds of children in the stands, it was the first time,as they clapped and cheered with their miniature flags as the military helicopters hovered over the parade ground.

Some people also took advantage of the gathering and did business, with the sale of national paraphernalia.

There was strong police presence in the entire area, from the Ministries, through to the stadium, and Osu, to ensure public safety.

By Yaw Kyei  

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