July 01, 2014

On this day July 1st

DARC Ethiophile Chronicles

On this day

July 1, 1960 Ghana is declared a republic   Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence on 6 March 1957.On 1 July 1960; Ghana was declared a republic with Kwame Nkrumah as its first President.

Though it was declared a republic, the country remained part of the British Commonwealth of Nations. A year later South Africa, under the leadership of H. F. Verwoerd, opted to become a republic. This move, unlike in Ghana, was met with a great deal of concern by the black majority and political organizations. Ghana’s transition to republic was rather uneventful.

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