The citizens of Ghana today celebrated the 55th anniversary of their independence.
Ghana was the first black African country to gain independence on the 6th March in 1957. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was the first prime minister of Ghana. His first speech stated “Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!”
Today, US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking in Washington, DC, extended the congratulations of President Obama and the people of the United States, to the people of Ghana on their National Day.
Ms. Clinton says both nations share a long history promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
“As the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence, Ghana has set an example for countries throughout Africa promoting governance and regional stability.” -Ms. Clinton
The United States is grateful to Ghanaian peacekeepers who are working to bring peace and security to places around the world.
“As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, know that the United States is a committed partner and friend. We look forward to continuing to work together to build greater prosperity for all our people.” -Ms. Clinton
On July 2009, capping his historic visit to Ghana, President Obama told the Ghanaian people his visit to their country had been “particularly meaningful” and that Ghana sends a message to the world: “Democracy can thrive in Africa.”
The United States is committed to support Ghana’s democracy and development.
Ms. Clinton says the US cares deeply about Africa’s development and the millions of Africans, particularly those in rural areas, who strive daily for a better life for themselves and their children.