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Title:Ghana@50: celebrating the nation, debating the nation
Author:Lentz, CarolaISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines (ISSN 0008-0055)
Volume:53
Issue:211
Pages:519-546
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:independence
nation
commemorations
Abstract:The Ghana@50 commemorative events organized by the government and government-related institutions aimed at advertising Ghana as 'champion' of 'African excellence' vis-ŕ-vis an international audience, as well as fostering national unity by providing moments of communal reflection and future commitment. However, while many Ghanaians apparently appreciated the party, the Jubilee also provoked bitter debates that touched on three main issues. First, political inclusiveness, i.e. the question of who precisely should organize, finance and lead the celebrations, without aggravating party-political tensions. The second issue regarded social inclusiveness, the extent to which the symbols and festivities addressed the 'grass-roots' or were restricted to the (international) (political) elite. The third point of contention concerned ethnic and regional inclusiveness, i.e. how evenly Jubilee events and funds were geographically distributed and to what degree all regions and ethnic groups could identify with the festivities' symbols and slogans. The paper explores these controversies as well as the festive formats around Ghana@50, based on the author's observations in Accra during the celebrations and an analysis of newspaper articles and Internet forums. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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