The small gathering of Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his entourage, members of the security forces, media personnel and onlookers, belied the significance of the moment. For it was when the president himself lay a wreath at the monument of National Hero Marcus Garvey.
There was no fanfare, and the president just did the job at hand after briefly greeting some of the people in attendance, including Minister of Culture Olivia Grange. No other monument was visited.
The Republic of Ghana has had a lengthy ancestral and political relationship with Garvey, since its first president, Kwame Nkrumah, was a staunch advocate and supporter of Garvey’s philosophies. Even the black star at the centre of the flag of Ghana was adopted from Garvey’s Black Star Line.
Later in the morning, while the president was addressing members of the Jamaica-Ghana community inside The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, he said Nkrumah was “heavily influenced” by Garvey when he was studying in the United States. When Nkrumah became president of Ghana, he named the first shipping line the Black Star Line “in honour of Marcus Garvey”.Eyewitness? We pay you when we must have receive your story with an evidence Submit your stories now via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org