March 06, 2015


This Side of Creation is the companion blog for ODE. It covers a variety of topics including the history, the diversity, the culture, the music, the food, the art and the craft of Africa and Diaspora.



Happy Independence Day, Black Stars!

"Freedom is not something that people can bestow on another as a gift. They claim it as their own and none can keep it from them." Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah

The Republic of Ghana was the first African country to gain independence on March 6, 1957. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana was under British colonial rule. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, a proponent of Pan-Africanism and passionate advocate for self governance, lead the path to freedom. Through grassroots campaigns and civil activism, Nkrumah's efforts were instrumental in dissolution from the United Kingdom. He continued his service as the first Prime Minister of Ghana and later became the first president of the republic in 1960.




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