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Ghanaians are Celebrating Their Country's Independence With #GhanaAt60

Today marks Ghana's 60th independence day from British colonial rule.

On March 6, 1957 Ghana told the British to literally "GTFOH," and became the first African nation, under colonial rule, to gain its independence.


60 years ago today, Kwame Nkrumah, gave an impassioned victory speech in front of a massive crowd of jubilant Ghanaians in which he declared "at long last, the battle has ended. Ghana, our beloved country is free forever."

Today, Ghanaians are still triumphant, and have taken to social media to celebrate their country's revolutionary feat. The outpouring of pride and love is real.

Even #SaltBae showed out.

It went down earlier today at Ghana's Independence Square.

People are expressing their love through creativity.

And food.

And through creativity and food together.

Ghana's independence is symbolic for all of Africa and the diaspora. Long live the Black Stars!

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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