Today is Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day

The Ministry of Interior has declared today, Monday, September 21 as a statutory public holiday by in recognition of Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day which falls on September 21, 2020.

A statement signed by the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery said "the President of the Republic of Ghana has by Executive Instrument (E.I)’ declared Monday, 23rd September 2019 as an additional Public Holiday to be observed as Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day throughout the country.

The sector Minister, Ambrose Dery, urged the public to strictly adhere to all COVID-19 preventive protocols pertaining to social gatherings in all activities on the day.

This will be the second time the day is being marked in the country.

The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day is the birthday of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah and a day set aside to remember and honour the first President of Ghana.

This day, formerly known as “Founder’s Day” was marked without controversy. Some argued that Kwame Nkrumah is not the only founder of Ghana, therefore, it should be used to honour all the founders’ of Ghana especially the ‘Big Six’.

Under the leadership of former President John Evans Atta Mills, the government of Ghana initiated September 21 as the “Founder’s Day”. However, it was changed under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ‘Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day’ and “Founders’ Day” was shifted to August 4 through legislation in Parliament.