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)