March 6, 2022, marks 65 years of independence for Ghana, and what better way to celebrate the country formerly known as the Gold Coast than to take a look at some of the things it has achieved since gaining independence.
Named after the great medieval trading empire in the northwest of the modern-day state, Ghana has created a viable economy through exports. Ghana is the world’s second-largest miner of gold and producer of cocoa. More recently, the country has become a significant producer of oil.
After making history as the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from colonial rule, Ghana is now the second most peaceful country in the region, ranking 38th globally according to the 2021 Global Peace Index. In addition, with low crime rates, Ghana is considered a top country to visit.
The ‘Year of Return’ campaign has turned Ghana into a top travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora. The campaign aims to celebrate the strength and resilience of the Trans Atlantic slave trade victims who were placed across the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean.
Over the last decade, Ghana has seen an increase in stable democratic governance. As a result, it is one of the countries in Africa that enjoy media freedom and speech without significant restrictions.
The quality of Ghanaian music is undeniable and the whole world agrees. Beyonce herself couldn’t resist Shatta Wale’s reggae-dancehall magic. Their song ‘Already’ made international waves earning itself a Soul Train Nomination and a UK Music Video Award. Other notable artists include Sarkodie, M.anifest, MzVee and Gyakie who are not afraid to let us know that they are proud of their native languages and infuse them into their music.
Traditionally shared orally through poetry, song and folktales, Ghanaian literature is able to capture the essence of its history and culture in creative ways. Writers like Ama Ata Aidoo, Kofi Awoonor and Ayi Kwei Armah have created work that has transcended borders and time. Passing the baton onto the new wave of writers like Taiye Selasi, Ghanaian literature is a staple in African literature and rightfully so.
Ghana is a powerhouse when it comes to fashion. It sets itself apart from other players in the industry by combining modern trends with its culture and rich history. The country’s capital city, Accra, is considered a fashion hub by many. The city is bursting with local artisans and designers who specialize in reinventing traditional cloths such as Kente, with a modern twist. Home to some of the country’s best designers like Chloe Assam, Atto Tetteh and Larry Jay, their use of vibrant colors, skillful crafts and textile weaving is steeped in authenticity.
Known for its vibrant people and breathtaking landscapes, it’s no surprise that Ghana is a bucket list entry for so many. The country has achieved so much and continues to shine.
Happy Independence Day, Ghana!