President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo on Tuesday August 8, 2017 participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of George Alfred Grant, known in private life as Paa Grant at Axim in the Nzema East Municipality in the Western Region.
He joined the Chiefs and people of Axim, the leadership of the NPP and the family of the late Paa Grant in performing the ceremony.
The wreath laying ceremony was to remember the man many consider to be the “father of Ghana’s independence”.
Speaking at a durbar after the ceremony, the President said he will do for the late Paa Grant what the country has failed to do since his demise.
“He [Paa Grant] is a tall figure in the history of this country. I know his immense contributions and selfless dedication to the struggles for the independence of our beloved country, so i have to and will appreciate him for his efforts for all of Ghana to know the good works, this great man did for this country”.
Speaking on behalf of the family a granddaughter Mary Grant thanked Nana Addo and his government for the recognition.
Paa Grant was born in 1878 in Beyin, Western Nzema, into an influential merchant family. He was the son of William Minneaux Grant and Madam Adjua (Dwowa) Biatwi of the Aboradze clan, and the grandson of Francis Chapman Grant proprietor of the Gold Coast Times and treasurer of the Fanti Confederation.
Paa Grant was educated at Wesleyan School in Cape Coast and through private tuition given by Joseph D. Abraham, a wealthy merchant friend of his father’s. He was subsequently employed in the timber trade, first at Axim and then for five years in the Ivory Coast. In 1896, he established his own firm, George Grant and Company. He prospered as a timber merchant, with a flourishing export business, at a time when the trade was dominated by European companies.
During and after the Second World War, Grant realised that Africans in the Gold Coast were suffering many colonial practices that were discriminatory and unfavourable, and he decided to take steps to deal with the inadequacy of representation of African interests.
He invited J.B Danquah and others to a meeting to launch a nationalist party.
Some 40 people, including lawyers R. A. Awoonor-Williams, Edward Akuffo Addo, and Emmanuel Obetsebi – Lamptey met in Saltpond and the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) was founded on 4 August 1947, with the goal of achieving self-government.