The Echo of Freedom

History has it that, after years of suffering under the British colonial rule, Ghana became the first Sub Saharan African country to achieve independence in 1957. This historic event was attended by many Africans within the continent and beyond, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and his spouse. The joy echoed throughout Africa and the victory was shared.
The event was not just significant on the continent of Africa, but it also inspired people of color all over the globe.
Using this event as a corner stone, ‘The 1957 Art Show’ was organized and opened at the National Museum Art Gallery on April 25. The exhibition featured well-known names on the art scene who presented their extraordinary paintings to the public to view at their leisure. The exhibition, which was organized under the “I feel like I’m in 1957”, aimed to inspire the public by reminding us all about the great history of African independence. Ghanaian independence was not just the nation’s victory, but a great awakening to all black people around the world. The echo, creating a wild-fire effect, resonated on the doorsteps of other colonized African countries. Followed by Guinea, African independence burst on the scene with a vengeance in the 1960’s with Cameroon, Togo, Mali, Senegal and Madagascar, along with other African countries proclaiming their freedom, stated organizers.
“Now is the time for freedom from poverty. There are many signs of prosperity all over Africa. It has become common to see successful black people in all fields. But one thing has been neglected; and that is “The echo of freedom”. That is what we said when we asked people to come and see the exhibition. Come! Say with us “I Feel like I am in 1957!” they said.
The exhibition featured artists like Addis Gezahegn, Addisalem Zewde, Dawit Abebe and many more. The exhibition was closed on May 4th, but it is the hope of many, as well as mine, to see ‘The 1957 Art Show’ again with another inspiring collection.