A 90-minute film which extensively analyses the political dispensation of Ghana since independence was launched in Accra last Monday.
The film was produced by SAOS and Spurs, a Ghanaian company, in collaboration with thinktank Imani Ghana, with the narration of the film done by broadcast journalist, Mr Paul Adom Otchere.
Motive behind film
According to Mr Otchere, the film was put together because there was no historical document of the country’s political campaigning.
He said the film would help the media and the public to get access to footages on old elections for them to understand where the country had come from and why it was at its current position.
“We expect it to have an impact to the point that people will understand the history of our politics and get the sense that our democracy has to be protected because the alternative is bad.”
He added that the country had missed opportunities, saying, “We lost many opportunities that could have made our country very great. So we want people to understand that we should protect what we have because we have allowed good governance to slip away into the hands of the military.”
In the film, it was said that there was disunity among the citizenry before Dr Kwame Nkrumah became the President of Ghana in 1957.
It also touched on how Ghana became a republic in 1960 and the consequent overthrow of Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1966 by the military.
It said independence brought changes to Nkrumah both in the country and abroad, which led to him declaring Ghana a one-party state.
“It appears from the account that it was after independence that Dr Kwame Nkrumah himself generated some insecurity among his own cabinet,” Mr Otchere narrated.
It said the government of Dr Nkrumah was overthrown by the Ghana Armed Forces and the police on February 24, 1966.
NLC and others
Mr Otchere added that a National Liberation Council (NLC), headed by Lt General Joseph Arthur Ankrah, was formed to administer the country.
“General Ankrah was removed from office in April 1969 and Lt General Akwasi Amankwa Afrifa became the Chairman of the NLC, which later gave way to a three-man Presidential Commission, with General Afrifa as Chairman. The commission paved the way for a general election in 1969 which brought into power the Progress Party government, with Dr Kofi Abrefa Busia as Prime Minister and Mr Edward Akufo-Addo as President,” he narrated.