This Saturday, Ghana celebrates its 53rd year as an independent nation. While I did not grow up in Ghana, I do feel a strong bond with the land of my ancestors and was raised with the pan-African ideals that Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was instrumental in developing. I still believe in those and consider myself African above all else (without denial of my German and European roots). I sincerely believe that, if we all put aside the pettiness and individualism that has crept into our societies over the decades, we can turn ourselves in a positive and powerful continent.

Three years ago, when we celebrated 50 years of Ghana’s independence, I attended a gala dinner to commemorate this occasion in Johannesburg, South Africa and was unable to attend one that was being held in Lesotho (my other home). I did, however, write a poem that was read (I think) at the event in Maseru. I thought it would be cool to share it now, as it represents my thoughts, my feeling and my commitment to Ghana. You can find the written version at The Artist: Activist Publication


The Independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked up to the total liberation of Africa” – Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (6th March,1957)

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  1. syamthandaskota

    awesome! awesome!

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About Kojo Baffoe

Of Ghanaian/German heritage, raised in Lesotho and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kojo is the proverbial slashie, the professional ‘jack of all trades.’ He is an entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former men’s magazine editor and speaker. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (1994) with majors in Economics, Marketing and Business Administration from the former the University of Natal (Durban), now University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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