General News of Monday, 5 January 2015
The communications director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akomea wants the national anthem of Ghana changed.
According to the main opposition party’s stalwart, Dr Ephraim Amu’s patriotic song – “Yen ara asaase ni” – which means “This land is our own” must replace the age-old God Bless Our Homeland Ghana.
Akomea said the patriotic song which is seen in some quarters as the de facto national anthem of the oil-producing country, “has grown on its own” and easily identifies with Ghana.
The former MP for Okaikwei South told Accra-based Joy FM the popular Twi song must be translated into “other languages just like the South African anthem” so that everyone can sing in their own dialect.
Ghana’s current anthem “God Bless Our Homeland Ghana” was originally written and composed by Philip Gbeho and adopted in 1957.