The national symbols of Ghana define the nation as a whole. The Ghanaian national symbols tell about the countries history besides its rich tradition and culture.
These Ghanaian symbols may be in the form of the countries national flag, the coat of arms, the national anthem and some patriotic symbols if it has any.
The following are the national symbols of Ghana:
The National Flag of Ghana: The national flag of Ghana was adopted in the year 1957 and officially hoisted on 6th March, 1957. Designed by Mrs. Theodosia Okoh, this patriotic symbol of Ghana consists of the Pan-African colors of Ethiopia, viz the red, golden yellow, and green in horizontal stripes with a black five-pointed star in the centre of the golden yellow stripe. It was the first African flag after the flag of Ethiopia to feature these colors. This current flag was replaced with the flag of the United Kingdom upon attainment of independence in 1957.
The Coat of Arms of Ghana: This Ghanaian national symbol was introduced on 4th March, 1957 by Elizabeth II. The symbol shows a blue shield divided into four parts by a St George's Cross with a golden edge. The golden lion of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is present in the middle of the cross, symbolizing the close relationship of Ghana to the Commonwealth and the Kingdom. One of the important national symbols of Ghana, the coat of arms consists of a sword, known as the 'okyeame', a castle on the sea, i.e. the presidential palace in Accra on the Gulf of Guinea, a cacao tree and a gold mine. The national colors, the red, golden yellow, and green are also present in this Ghanaian national symbol, which the flag of Ghana also bears. The symbol for the freedom of Africa, the black five-pointed star with a golden border is also present at the top of the shield. The coat of arms is held by two golden eagles and they are sitting on top of the motto ribbon, which carries the national motto of Ghana, "Freedom and Justice".
The National Anthem of Ghana: "God Bless Our Homeland Ghana" is the national anthem of Ghana and also an important national symbol of Ghana. The music of this Ghanaian symbol was first adopted on 1957 and the lyrics were adopted on 1966. It was originally written and composed by Philip Gbeho and the words were modified after a coup in 1966. The national anthem was first sung in 1966.
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