People across Ghana are celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence from Britain. Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country to shed its colonial power, prompting others to follow suit. A number of heads of state are attending the events in the capital Accra along with personalities such as Stevie Wonder and former footballer Pele.
The country is often held up as an example of stability, steady growth, and low inflation. However, others have questioned the wisdom of such lavish celebrations while thousands live without basic services. The Government of President John Kufor has earmarked 15 million euros for the commemorations with events continuing for the next 12 months.