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Two to One … Ghana
By: Marcella Phillips-Grizzle

The Republic of Ghana is a West African nation believed to be the ancestral home of the vast majority of Jamaica’s Black population. Its national flag – much like the Ethiopian flag, which is revered by Jamaica’s Rastafari community – consists of the colours red, green and yellow, and has a black star depicted in its centre. The Republic is situated on the Gulf of Guinea and is bordered to its east by Togo, its west by Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), and its north by Burkina Faso. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana is the first sub-Saharan country to have gained independence from Great Britain on March 6, 1957, with its first Prime Minister being the pan-Africanist, Kwame Nkrumah.

THE 1865 MORANT BAY rebellion

THE PRELUDE TO THE REBELLION
With the British government’s passage of the Emancipation Act in 1834, the enslaved population throughout the colonies was granted freedom from working on the sugar plantations, and the right to establish themselves as free persons. However, by the 1860s, there was the growing feeling among the emancipated population that the British government’s interest in safeguarding their welfare in Jamaica was waning.