High Commissioner for Ghana talks to the JTC

The Jubilee Time Capsule recently interviewed HE Professor Kwaku Danso-Boafo, High Commissioner for Ghana.

When asked to talk about a memorable date for the Jubilee Time Capsule the High Commissioner chose to talk about 6th March 1957 – the date of Ghana’s Independence.

The High Commissioner recalls the State Banquet following the Declaration of Independence and the assembled audience’s amazement when Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah invited the Duchess of Kent, HM The Queen’s representative, to dance.

His Excellency then goes on to explain the profound effects this had on Dr. Martin Luther King, who was in the audience, and how it impressed upon him that the struggle for freedom could be won through non-violent means.  The High Commissioner also recalls that Dr. Martin Luther King was so influenced by his experience that on 27th April 1957 he narrated the story of Ghana’s Independence and how it impacted on him, in his speech The Birth of a New Nation.

His Excellency goes on to say that in this way the whole world has learnt from Ghana’s Independence, including Nelson Mandela, whose attitude towards apartheid, after his release from prison, emanated from Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah’s approach to Independence and Ghana’s continuing relationship with the Commonwealth.

You can watch the video at the Jubilee Time Capsule website.


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