Yesterday, March 6, marked 63 years of Ghana, the gateway to Africa’s independence.

Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of the African continent.

Kwame Nkrumah

As the first sub-Saharan African country to achieve this feat, Ghana’s independence day is essentially Africa’s independence day.

To commemorate the day, here’s a beautiful piece of animation inspired by Ghana. The student film was made by Canada-based Ghanaian animator Gyimah Gariba in 2013 while studying at Sheridan College.

The storytelling is simple and showcases how two people from extreme sides of the class hierarchy can put forget their differences to enjoy each others company.

In a way, this is a beautiful metaphor for how Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, himself an elite was able to bring the nation together against insurmountable odds from elitist and tribalistic opponents.

Rich or poor, rallying together around a positive and beneficial idea is the best way forward.

Happy independence day Ghana, happy independence day Africa!


Gyimah has teased that a longer version of the film is currently in production. We can wait to see what he releases.

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Cover image by Gyimah Gariba, Check it out below.

Ghana Independence by Gyimah Gariba
Illustration of Kwame Nkrumah and a snippet of Ghana’s independence declaration speech. Illustration by Gyimah.

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