Guinean Independence Day

Today, October 2nd marks the 59th anniversary since Guinea’s independence from France, its former colonial power. The president that day October 2, 1958 was Sékou Touré who famously said “We prefer poverty in liberty than riches in slavery.” Guinea was one of the early nations to proclaim its independence following Ghana in March 1957. The people of Guinea celebrate and honor this day remembering their ancestors that fought and gave their lives to be a free nation. Ghana and Guinea created a ripple effect with African nations gaining independence in 1960 including the Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast and Nigeria continuing on throughout the continent in the 60s and 70s.

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