Ghana High Commission Celebrates Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary with Otumfuo Osei Tutu Ii, King Of Asante

9 April 2018

It was all pomp and pageantry, celebration as well as somber reflection, when on Tuesday, 6th March 2018, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, a cross-section of Ghanaians in South Africa, Representatives of South African Government Departments, Corporate Bodies and Friends of Ghana gathered at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel to observe the 61st Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Ghana.

Photo: High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng and His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
To add to the euphoria of the occasion, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, widely respected and renowned King of the Asante Kingdom, honoured an invitation extended to him by the High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng, to join in the celebrations as he happened to be in South Africa at the time.

Addressing the audience, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II expressed his pleasure to celebrate the day with beloved countrymen and friends of Ghana, and briefly tracing the exploits of Otumfuo Nana Prempeh I, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu Agyeman Prempeh II, the valiant and courageous Yaa Asantewaa in constructively expressing and defending rights to self-determination, said that “Our history as a People is a rich heritage, a treasure, intended to help us draw on the experiences of our ancestors and propel us into deep and conscious thought about what we can do, in our time, to further the development of our nations.”
His Majesty lauded the Free SHS policy launched by the President of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in September 2017, noting that it tied in perfectly with his humble vision of development and progress of nations, which had led him as the Asantehene to launch and establish the Otumfuo Education Fund in 1999. The fund supports the education of needy children across all regions of Ghana, from secondary through to tertiary level.
H.E. Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng, on his part extolled Ghana’s memorable day 61 years ago, which lit a torch of freedom and independence for all countries under colonial rule; a flaming torch which propelled the rest of Africa’s attainment of freedom, as well as an end to Apartheid rule in South Africa in 1994.
He noted that the desire of our forebears was not to achieve freedom and independence as an end in itself, but as a means by which independent sovereign states would take responsibility for their destinies and chart a course of progress, development and prosperity for the citizenry.
To this end, H.E. Mr. Ayisi-Boateng mentioned that the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, had chosen a strategic paradigm shift in the ideology and mind-set of African Governments, a “Ghana Beyond Aid” concept, which encourages Governments to look to the use of its own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth. He explained that the “Ghana Beyond Aid” idea, as envisioned by the President of Ghana, ‘was not to disclaim Aid, but to discard the mindset of dependency’.
The celebrations, hosted by the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria, created an opportunity for reflection, amidst jubilation, on how as individuals and a collective, we can do more, contribute more and be flagbearers of development for our respective nations.

Ghana High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa