Ghana . . . 2014
On March 6th 1957, under the leadership of their then Prime Minister Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and later first President, the Gold Coast became the first African nation to declare their independence from European colonization. The newly freed nation selected the name Ghana to represent their unified existence. The choice in the name was not arbitrary nor by accident. Ghana means “Warrior King” and was also the name of one of Western Africa’s greatest empires. Ghana’s successful bid for freedom led to the empowerment of several other African nations to demand and receive their own independence.