National Day of Guinea
Perth Western Australia has a large community from Guinea in West Africa. Community Television was at the recent Independence Day celebrations in Perth. Independence Day is a public holiday in Guinea on 2nd October. This is the National Day of Guinea and marks the country becoming an independent republic on 2 October 1958. Before decolonizing, French West Africa was dissolved in 1958. The founding of a Fifth Republic was supported by the French people. France’s colonies were given the option to choose between more autonomy in a new French community or immediate independence. All colonies except Guinea chose the former. Guinea, under Ahmed Sékou Touré’s leadership, won 56 of 60 seats in a 1957 territorial election, voting its way overwhelmingly to independence.