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Here are 4 reasons we march on Independence Day


Every 6th of March, the streets of Ghana pulse with the vibrant steps of thousands marching in unison.

March past [Graphic online]

But ever wondered why we embrace this tradition each Independence Day? It’s not just about the spectacle or the rhythmic beats of the marching bands; it’s a profound expression of our journey, our unity, and our pride.


Let’s dive into the essence of this march and what it means for Ghanaians everywhere.

1. A walk through history

Independence Day marks the moment Ghana stepped into the light of freedom in 1957, becoming the first Sub-Saharan African country to break the chains of colonial rule.

The march is a powerful reenactment of that pivotal walk towards sovereignty, a physical manifestation of our ancestors’ dreams realized.

It’s a reminder of the resilience, the struggles, and the victories of those who walked so we could run.

2. Unity in every step

The march is a unifying force, bringing together Ghanaians from all walks of life. It’s a day when political affiliations, ethnic backgrounds, and social differences are set aside, and replaced by the shared identity of being Ghanaian.

Each step taken in the march is a step taken together, symbolizing our collective journey forward as a nation. It’s a message to ourselves and the world that unity is our strength.

3. Pride on display

Beyond the unity and the historical significance, the march is a showcase of Ghanaian pride. It’s an opportunity to display our rich cultural heritage, from the colorful kente worn by the marchers to the traditional dances performed along the parade routes.

The march allows us to celebrate our independence not just through words, but through a vibrant display of what makes us uniquely Ghanaian.

4. A call to future generations

Perhaps most importantly, the march on Independence Day is a call to the youth, a reminder of their legacy and their responsibility to the nation.

It’s an invitation to uphold the values of freedom, unity, and progress. Through the march, we pass on the torch of patriotism, inspiring future generations to continue the journey we began in 1957.

The march on Independence Day is much more than a tradition; it’s a vibrant expression of Ghana’s soul. It’s a day when we walk in the footsteps of our ancestors, united in our diversity, and proud of our heritage.

As we march, we remember the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future where Ghana continues to shine as a beacon of freedom and unity in Africa.

So, when we march, we do so not just with our feet, but with our hearts full of love for our country.

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