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Ouattara Applauds Ghana’s Role in Pioneering African Independence

Ghana Celebrates 67th Independence, Strengthens Bonds with Cote d'Ivoire

by Adenike Adeodun

The President of Cote d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, during his visit to Ghana for the 67th Independence Day celebration in Koforidua, Eastern Region, paid tribute to Ghana for its pioneering role in Africa’s struggle for independence. This celebration, themed “Our Democracy, Our Pride,” not only commemorated Ghana’s historical achievements but also reinforced the deep-seated bonds of friendship, shared history, and cultural ties between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

President Ouattara’s visit, marked by various activities including a notable football match between Cote d’Ivoire’s Asec Mimosa and Ghana’s Kumasi Asante Kotoko, highlighted the spirit of camaraderie and mutual respect that exists between the two neighboring countries. He praised Ghana for its unwavering hospitality and its role in consistently promoting unity and friendship across the continent.

Ghana’s leadership, particularly under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, received high praise from President Ouattara for its stability and progress amidst global challenges. President Akufo-Addo’s tenure as Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was lauded for its effectiveness in promoting regional economic integration and peace, with Ouattara expressing a wish for Akufo-Addo’s continued leadership in the role.

The Independence Day event, attended by dignitaries including Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Speaker of Parliament Alban Sumana Bagbin, and various diplomats and chiefs, served as a platform to showcase Ghana’s democratic values and national pride. It also emphasized the significance of leadership and cooperation in overcoming contemporary challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and regional conflicts.

Ghana’s role as a beacon of independence in Africa since 1957 has been a source of inspiration for many African nations striving for self-determination. This legacy, coupled with its current contributions to regional stability and economic development, underscores the country’s status as a pivotal player on the African continent.

President Ouattara’s acknowledgment of Ghana’s support during the African Cup of Nations tournament in Cote d’Ivoire further exemplifies the shared joy and successes between the two nations. Such moments of unity and celebration are indicative of the strength of the Ghana-Cote d’Ivoire relationship, a bond forged through shared aspirations and mutual respect.

The praise bestowed upon Ghana by President Ouattara during this significant celebration reflects the broader appreciation for Ghana’s historical and ongoing contributions to African independence, democracy, and regional cooperation. Ghana’s example of leadership, both past and present, continues to illuminate the path toward a more integrated, peaceful, and prosperous Africa.

As Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire look to the future, the emphasis on strengthening bilateral ties, fostering economic cooperation, and championing democratic values remains paramount. The enduring friendship between these two nations, highlighted during the Independence Day celebration, serves as a testament to the power of unity and shared vision in navigating the complexities of the modern world.

In commemorating its independence, Ghana not only celebrates its own achievements but also honors the collective spirit of Africa’s quest for freedom and progress. The accolades from President Ouattara reinforce the importance of visionary leadership and international solidarity in shaping a future that upholds the dignity, pride, and prosperity of all African nations.

Source: Graphic Online

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