The day has been set aside to commemorate the date for the formation of the Aborigines’ Rights Protection Society in 1897 and the formation of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1947.
Even though the road towards the attainment of independence was a collective effect, some individuals were the fore-bearers.
Known as the big six, we have compiled the profiles of these distinguished sons of the land whose contribution towards independence have never been in doubt.
1. Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah
Nana Joseph Kwame Kyeretwie Boakye Danquah, PhD was a Ghanaian statesman, pan-Africanist, scholar, lawyer, historian and one of the founding fathers of Ghana. A leading member of United Gold Coast Convention. He played a significant role in pre- and post-colonial Ghana which was formerly the Gold Coast and in fact is credited with giving Ghana its name. He was born on 18th December 1895 at Nsawam and died in 4th February 1965 (aged 69).
2. Edward Akufo-Addo
Mr. Edward Akufo-Addo was born on 26th June 1906 at Dodowa and died on thd 17th July 1979. He was a Ghanaian politician and lawyer. He was a member of the “Big Six” leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) and one of the founding fathers of Ghana who engaged in the fight for Ghana’s independence.
3. William Ofori Atta
Nana William Ofori Atta was born on 10th October 1910 at Kibi and died on 14th July 1988. He was popularly called “Paa Willie”, was a founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) and one of the founding fathers of Ghana.
Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey was a political activist in the British colony of the Gold Coast. He was one of the founding fathers of Ghana and one of the founders and leaders of the United Gold Coast Convention known as “The Big Six”. He was born on 26th April 1902 at Ode, Accra and died 29th January 1963.
5. Ebenezer Ako Adjei
Ebenezer Ako Adjei was born on 17th June 1916 and died 14th January 2002. He was a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was a founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention.
6. Kwame Nkrumah
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was a Ghanaian politician and revolutionary. He was a member of United Gold Coast Convention and founder of Convention People’s Party. He was born on 21st September 1909 at Nkroful in the Western Region and died 27th April 1972 at Bucharest, Romania.
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