Saturday, March 7, 2009
My Adopted Country
Happy Birthday, Ghana!
Fifty-two years ago yesterday, Ghana gained her independence. She was the first African nation to do so! That may not seem like a big deal to those of us from the good ol' U.S.A., but on a continent dominated by European powers, that was a big deal! Kwame Nkrumah led the struggle for Ghana's freedom to be ruled by her own people, not outsiders. His stand encouraged many more African countries to do the same.
For Ghana, it was a bloodless revolution, but it was a revolution, nonetheless.
Since independence, things have not always gone smoothly here in Ghana. Several coups occurred, several dictators came and went, several rules of law were written and then ignored. And then, seventeen years ago, one man decided to honor the ideals the Big Six (Ghana's founding fathers) had at independence -- to make Ghana a democratic nation.
Since that time things have not been easy, but Ghanaians have learned what it means to love a country more than a tribe, to choose a leader by what he will do for the country more than what he'll do for their pocket, and to use their vote and not violence to bring about change.
What a wonderful example Ghana has been to the rest of the African continent!
I'm so thankful this is the country where God has called me to live!
Happy 52nd Birthday!
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