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The Ghana Legacy Honours Plaque: What inspired it?

To build a plaque of value an of substance one needs to go back into history to re-imagine the events that happened that enabled us arrive at the current state. Ghana has had its own serving on rich history, battles, speeches, colonialism, independence and all these events grant us creative power in coded form.The Ghana Legacy Honors embraces and celebrates the achievements of Ghanaians, no matter what tribe they hail from, what party they belong to, or what continent they were born on and to achieve this we wanted to go back into time to “fish” out the core happenings that bind us together.

We took inspiration from the Black Star Square formally known as the Independence Square. The Black Star Square is the second largest square in the world after the Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. It is a public square in Accra. The Black Star Gate, Independence Arch, The Liberation Day Monument, and the Memorial to an unknown soldier, are all part of the Independence Square. Close to it is the Accra Sports Stadium, The Asomdwe park (the final resting place of the Late President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills) and Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. The square has a capacity of over thirty thousand seats for spectators (30,000) thousand seats for customers

The square was commissioned by Kwame Nkrumah to honor the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. Construction ended in 1961 and it was christened “Black Star Square. Black Star Square is a site for Ghana’s Independence Day parades which falls on the 6th of March every year.

The Liberation Day Monument is one of the monuments in Accra located at the Black Star Square. It stands in honour of several veterans of the Burma Campaign, during the Second World War where they fought for the British Empire. After returning to Ghana, some military men protested peacefully and were on their way to the Christiansburg Castle, the former seat of the government when they were eventually shot to death.

The base of the plaque was inspired by the seat of the Black star gate monument which sits the four stars backing each other while the stem of the plaque is inspired by the stem of the statue of the unknown soldier monument which is erected in remembrance of the soldiers who were killed on their way to the Christiansburg Castle. Finally the summit of the plaque is inspired by the summit of the black star gate monument, characterized by the four backed black stars.

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