Reported in the News Letter on March 7, 1957: Students celebrate Ghana independence with a party in Belfast

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Sir Eric Ashby, Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University, Belfast, yesterday suggested as a motto for the new state of Ghana: “Love all men; trust only a few.”

Sir Eric, who was speaking at a Ghana Independence Day party held at Chlorine Gardens, Belfast, under the auspices of the British Council, said that the birthday of Ghana was the vindication of the belief that the Commonwealth meant a family united by mutual respect, and not an empire united by power.

The party, which was organised by Miss M L Logan, area officer for Northern Ireland, was attended by students in Ulster from all over Africa, and from the West Indies, as well as the nine Ghana students at the university.

To the Ghana students, Sir Eric said that their actions would influence not only other African countries, but also the West Indies and Malaya. The students who had been in Europe would all go back to posts of special responsibility in Ghana, and would have to help their countrymen.

Mr Agyakwa Rossman, a student at the university, said: “The independence of Ghana is a healthy thing. Ghana has become a bridge of understanding between the vast African continent and the rest of the world.”