A youth group performing at the vigil
A vigil was held on Wednesday night at the forecourt of the State House in Accra in honour of the President Prof. John Evans Atta Mills.
Activities at the vigil included poetry recitals, cultural displays and reading of tributes by representatives of some political parties and other identifiable organisations and individuals. Prominent among the tributes was that of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Republic of Nigeria, which was read on his behalf.
The cultural groups included the National Dance Company, Delali Borbor Cultural Group of Anfoega in the Volta Region and the Ghana Dance Ensemble of the University of Ghana, Legon, as well as dancers from the Upper East, Upper West, Northern, and Greater Accra Regions.
What captivated the large crowd and brought some of them to the dance floor was a traditional song sang by the people from Ada, where the former First Lady, Dr Naadu Mills, hails from.
Another thriller came from the Volta Region Borbor dance compelled the mourners with itching feet to join the fray to do the “digging.”
The poetry recital, mostly centered on the legacy the late Professor Atta Mills left behind, and his unfinished job due to his death on July 24, three days after celebrating his 68th birthday.
Tributes read at the forecourt included those from the Convention People’s Party (CPP), the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), VODAFONE and the Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization (SMIDO).
They all commended the late President for his good work, honesty, patience, patriotism and non-violence and stressed the need for Ghanaians to make the tragic moment that has befallen the nation become a unifying factor.
President Goodluck Jonathan praised the late Professor Mills for his quest for peace in Ghana, West Africa, Africa and the World.