Ghana attained independence without lyrics for the national anthem – Prof. Ivan Addae Mensah

Decisions by a literary committee regarding Philip Gbeho’s national anthem entry resulted in the country declare independence without lyrics for its national anthem.

The original lyrics of the song Philip Gbeho submitted to the committee were considered ‘too religious,’ Prof. Emeritus Ivan Addae Mensah says.

The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, being a student of Mr. Philip Gbeho, knew about the long journey in the selection of Mr. Gbeho’s composition as the nation’s anthem.

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In a yet-to-be aired interview with Dr. Abubakari Sidick Ahmed on Radio Univers, Prof. Emeritus shares how another committee was set up to write appropriate lyrics for the anthem, using Mr. Gbeho’s tune.

He also recounted how there were suggestions for Mr. Ephraim Amu’s ‘Yen Ara Asase Ni’ song to be adopted as the national anthem since it was already popular among the citizenry.

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“At independence, our anthem had no lyrics. So another committee was set up to write appropriate lyrics for the anthem. There was a school of thought that all the four entries should be rejected and Ephraim Amu’s ‘Yen Ara Asase Ni’ be considered for the national anthem,” Prof. Emeritus Ivan Addae Mensah recalls.

The interview will be premiered at 4PM on Friday, July 17, 2020.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of, an Online Education News Blog, and Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog now His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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