Ghanaians celebrates 6th March as the colonial rule came to an end and the dawn of their independence. In 1821, the British Government took control of the British trading forts.
In 1844, Fanti chiefs on the Gold Coast signed an agreement with the British that led to the colonial status for the coastal area. In 1902, the British succeeded in establishing firm control over the Ashanti region and making the northern territories a protectorate, the Kingdom of Ashanti was the most powerful Kingdom…
On 6th March, 1957, the Independence Day of Ghana was officially announced. Ghanaians celebrates 6th March as the colonial rule came to an end and the dawn of their independence.
They were under the rule of the British and finally with lots of struggle and suffering, the country became Free. Ghana was the first black African country to gain its independence.
The independence day is an extremely important day in the Ghanaian calendar, thousands of people gather in the capital, Accra, to enjoy this day and to greet the first prime minister of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
The national flag is raised high as people join in to sing the national anthem 6th March is being declared a public holiday where workshops, performances, demonstrations are carried out for the people’s amusement.
The largest national spectacle and display of colour takes place in Blackstar square on this day.
Each government service is represented in ceremonial dress, the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Firemen, Special Presidential Forces and a selection of schools and colleges parade in front of the President and invited world leaders as well as 30,000 spectators.
The military mass band accompanies the event with music,cultural dancers and students from the region paying homage to the President and invited dignitaries.
At night, the skies light up with beautiful fireworks as the people gather to show respect to all the people who fought tirelessly for the independence day of Ghana.
Mo Farah became the first British man to win the Great North Run for nearly 30 years as held off his former training partner Mike Kigen in a dramatic sprint into South Shields. And although Farah missed going under an hour for the half-marathon for the first time, he was delighted that his time of exactly 60 minutes broke his personal best by 10 seconds.
Farah’s main challengers were expected to be Stephen Kiprotich, the Olympic and World marathon champion, and the Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Tariku Bekele. But both men had been blasted off the back in a fast opening four miles which left just three men up front – Farah, Kigen and the Ugandan Thomas Ayegu.
Ayegu was dropped off at halfway which left Farah and Kigen duking it out. With three miles to go Kigen turned the screw, and Farah drifted 10 metres behind. Farah reeled him in, only for Kigen to kick again with just under a mile to go. Even when Farah went clear with 200 metres remaining, Kigen refused to accept his place and nearly caught him on the line – with both men finishing in the same time.
Afterwards Farah, the first British man to win the race since Bolton-born Steve Kenyon’s victory in 1985, admitted he didn’t expect to break his personal best. “I didn’t think I could run as fast as that,” he admitted. “No chance. But it’s great to finish the season with a win and a fast time. Even though as soon as I was about to celebrate I saw him coming at me.
“I’ve learned a lot this year,” added Farah, who said he would now be holidaying on Richard Branson’s Necker Island.”It’s been up and down but I’ve managed to put it behind me and next year I will prepare for Beijing. My aim is definitely the 10km and we’ll see what happens after that.”
In the women’s race Kenya’s Mary Keitany pipped Paula Radcliffe’s 11-year-old course record by a second to win in 1:05:39, while Britain’s Gemma Steel advertised her growing potential by finishing second in 1:08:13 – a PB of over two minutes.
The 28-year-old Steel is a late developer, who only started training seriously three years ago. The results have been impressive as she has ran a series of fast 10km times on the road all summer. This was another step up.
“I felt really comfortable for the first half of the race, and I held myself back a bit when Mary pushed on,” said Steel. “I was unfamiliar territory so I kept it steady and then pushed it for the last three miles.”
Meanwhile when Keitany – who has never been beaten in nine half-marathon races – was asked about whether she was now aiming for Radcliffe’s world marathon record, she started laughing. “I don’t know,” she said.
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Novice Ovie Iroro joins Richardson Racing and will make his track debut at Donington Park. Nigerian novice Ovie Iroro is to join the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain next week. The 20-year-old from Lagos will make his racing debut at Donington Park over the Easter weekend (19/20 Apr) and is set to contest the rest of the season with Richardson Racing.
Ovie, a mechanical engineering student at University College London, moved to the UK two years ago not only to study but also to pursue his track career.
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