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Pride
On 5 March 1957, Britain formally transferred power to independence leader Kwame Nkrumah.
The Duke of Kent is the British representative at events to remember the occasion, which triggered a chain reaction as other African nations moved towards independence.
African leaders, including South Africa's Thabo Mbeki, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Olusegun Obasanjo from Nigeria, attended the ceremonies.
Singer Stevie Wonder was expected to perform a version of his track Happy Birthday dedicated to Ghana. In the capital and beyond, the country's Black Star flag fluttered from electricity poles, car windows and palm trees.
On the streets of the city, many celebrated. "When you look at how our friends have suffered, by God's grace we are here, we have reason to be proud," Nora Kattah told Reuters.

Dissent
Our correspondent says many of the years following independence were like a rollercoaster, with coups and economic meltdown, but recent stability has offered hope.
The country is often cited as an example of stability, steady growth, and low inflation, with increases in its output of major exports including cocoa and gold.
But others have questioned the wisdom of holding lavish celebrations while many in the country remain without basic services.
President Jerry Rawlings, who ruled for almost two decades, has criticised the events and boycotted them.
In a statement, he said he would not share a stage with "the same people who have taken every opportunity to denigrate us".
"Politically our leaders have failed us," Accra resident Emmanuel Danso said.
"Only politicians or people who know people live well in this country," he added.
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