“I have a dream that one day the hen and the hawk…..”

The president, on a state visit to the Ashanti region has reportedly delivered a remarkable speech expressing an idea of national harmony towards which Ghana continues to struggle. The speech which echoed lines from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, has firmly established the Ghanaian leader as one of the greatest political orators of the modern era.

Below is the full text of the speech:

“I am happy to join you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for unity in the history of our nation.

More than two score years ago, a great Ghanaian, whose proverbial shoes we try to fill each day, declared our independence. This momentous occasion came as a great beacon light of hope to the citizens of this newly formed nation. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of oppression and ethnic divisions.

But fifty seven years later, Ghana is still not free from ethnic divisions. Fifty seven years later, the life of the Ghanaian is still sadly crippled by the manacles of tribalism and the chains of bigotry. Fifty seven years later, the Ghanaian lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of natural resources. Fifty seven years later, the Ghanaian is still yet to recognise the fact that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. Fifty seven years later, the Ghanaian is being labelled as either a hen or a hawk. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

I say to you today, my friends, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the ideals of our founding fathers.

I have a dream that one day in this nation, the hawk will be pleased with the dance of the hen.

I have a dream that one day on the hills of Kwahu, the sons of hawks and the sons of hens will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day the NPP can win presidential elections in the Volta region and the NDC in the Ashanti region.

I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by their ethnicity but by the content of their character.

And if Ghana is to be a great nation this must become true. So let unity ring from the top of the Shai Hills. Let unity ring from the mighty mountains of Akwapem. Let unity ring from the peak of Mount Afadjato!

Let unity ring from the rich sandy shores of Cape Coast!

Let unity ring from the incredible Mole National Park!

Let unity ring from the remarkable banks of Lake Bosomtwi!

Let unity ring from the magnificent Gbelle Game Reserve!

But not only that;  Let unity ring from the oil rich peninsula of Cape Three Points!

Let unity ring from the sacred sanctuary of the Paga Crocodile Pond!

Let unity ring from the awe-inspiring Kintampo Falls!

And when this happens, when we allow unity to ring, when the hen and the akonfem and the hawk and the eagle and the elephant all learn to live together as one, we will be able to speed up that day when all of Ghana’s children; Mole-Dagombas, Akans, , Ewes, Ga-Dangmes, will be able to join hands and shout these words with meaning, “Ghana edey be k3k3 Ghana edey be k3k3!”

 

 

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