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Post Colonialism, royal visits and the Commonwealth, time to make it meaningful

botchway November 5, 2018

 

Historic memories were recounted in Ghana as Prince Charles of Wales, and his wife, Camela, Duchess of Cornwall, paid a four-day working visit on November 2nd 2018.

The birthday Prince, who will turn 70 on the 14th of this month, could not choose a better place to begin his official tour of West Africa than Ghana, being one of its significant colonies in Africa.

The Prince of Wales’s last official visit was in March 1977, however, this will be the Duchess of Cornwall’s first visit to Ghana.

Recounting history, several of these royal and ceremonial visits have characterised Ghana’s pre and post-independent political course.

The first royal visit to Ghana was by Queen Elizabeth II in 1960, with another visit a year after.

Queen Elizabeth alone has made about 190 official visits to Commonwealth countries, with about 23 of these visits accounting for her visits to African countries

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited Ghana on April 2nd, 2017 to mark Ghana’s 60th anniversary of nationhood.

The bitter/or sweet experience (whichever one may deem it) that characterised the colonial period could not be easily forgotten, since it has not been eroded from our history books.

However, in this post-colonial dispensation, when every country is trying to turn every national occurrence into a national opportunity, one question that should engage the minds of Ghanaians, especially our policy makers, is how we can make these visits, and others that seem to be never ending, meaningful in our developmental lives.

These visits come with opportunities that we can harness for our national good.

In as much these visits are welcome, we should position ourselves in such a way to call the shots

We have helped the west develop their countries, so seeing them as development partners in this post-colonial era, it would not be out of place to make demands for assistances in areas that would help us get out of our developmental quagmire, and they should be obliged to honour these demands, after all, once we are now a global village, developmental equality would make a balanced eco system, devoid of acrimonies.

Ghana should also take advantage of these visits to ensure that other benefits associated with them, such as enhanced tourism opportunities, trade and educational collaborations, and support for the country’s Free Senior High School intervention and advanced diplomacy are achieved.

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