Ghanaians Unite In Grief During One Week Celebration Of The Late President Mills - Video
It was quiet, calm and a solemn day for Ghanaians as they observed on Tuesday, the one week celebration of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, who died on July 24th.
Ghanaians united in grief as business activities came to a halt with traders mounting musical gadgets to play dirges to express sadness and grief for the loss of the late president.
Hawkers, who ply their trade around the Kaneshie First Light Traffic Light, blocked parts of the street weeping and dancing to dirges and gospel music.
The situation was the same at the Kaneshie Market and the Abossey Okai business centre, where people were seen clad in black and red. Traders told the Ghana News Agency that they duly observed the minute silence at exactly a 2:15 pm (1415 GMT) - the time the President Mills died. Prayers were said in the memory of the 68-year-old.
Madam Akua Yeboah, trader at Abossey Okai business centre said never in her 52 years of existence had she seen the country so united. “I’m so sad that I have to live and see the death of a sitting President and also amazed at the united front put up by Ghanaians irrespective of political affiliations.”
At Mataheko neigbourhood, canopies were erected with sound systems as mourners sand, wailed and danced. Memorial services were also held nationwide to mark the one week after the death of President Mills.
Government officials, parliamentarians including former President Rawlings and his wife and past government officials converged at the Castle Gardens for the remembrance service.
The families of the late President John Evans Atta Mills and Naadu observed a private one week celebration in a quiet and solemn mood at the Regimanuel Gray residence of the former first family in East Airport.
In Accra, hundreds of people gathered at the Efua Sutherland children's park where the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council organised the week celebration.