Members of the Ghana Association of Hamilton and their families came together on Saturday March 7th to recognize the 58th year of Ghana’s Independence. Although far from home, Ghanaians took time to recognize the trailblazing day 58 years ago that saw Ghana as the first Sub-Sahara African country to become independent from the colonial constraints of the British, paving the way for many other African nations to follow.

Beginning with the national anthems of Ghana and Canada and a prayer to bless the beautiful food, young and old came together in kente and the traditions of Ghana to celebrate our Motherland.

The afternoon celebrations featured a feast of fufu and wakye, plantain and kenkey, fried rice, KFC, salads and a fruit salad, topped off with a beautiful cake decorated as a replica of the Ghana flag. Two Oware games were in full-swing for most of the afternoon, invoking curiosity for youth who have never seen it played before. A Ghana Trivia game was the highlight of the afternoon with two very passionate Ghanaian-Canadian teams competing for the title of the most knowledgeable Ghanaians.


 

Test your Ghanaian Trivia…Can you answer these five questions about the history of Ghana?

  1. True or False: In 2009, the currency of Ghana was one of the highest valued currency units of any African county.
  2. Which lake in Ghana is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world?
  3. This Ghanaian leader was considered to be the first-ever president of the Republic of Ghana, and an extremely significant figure in its fight for independence from the British. Who was he?
  4. What is the official language of Ghana?
  5. In what year was Elmina castle constructed?
    • 1482
    • 1568
    • 1774
    • 1320

 

Later, a documentary of the coming of Independence refreshed the minds of those who lived it, while educating our youth and providing a sense of pride and accomplishment for us.

Later, a documentary of the coming of Independence refreshed the minds of those who lived it, while educating our youth and providing a sense of pride and accomplishment for us.

God Bless our homeland Ghana.

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