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Inauguration 2013 : Speeches – My Ghana, Our USA

It has often been said in Ghana that, our election of presidents over the fourth republic follows the pattern that the United States goes.

Whichever way that you want to believe or take it, seems the pattern coincided one more time when the Democrats led by President Barack Obama won a second term to run the nation.

In the case of Ghana, the ruling national party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by John Mahama won the December 7th 2012 elections for the second term and the first term for the current President Mahama.

After Barack Obama’s inauguration speech delivered on 21st January 2013, I decided to go back to that of President Mahama’s which was delivered on January 7th 2013, and I found a few similarities of a sort worth comparing.

Enjoy my little pairing of what I feel was in a way similar in their deliveries.


Mahama- Ghana

“Ghana’s past is filled with one example after the other of courage, sacrifice and perseverance. Ghana’s past is defined by heroic men and women pioneers, visionaries, patriots”.

Obama- USA

“As a nation we need to ensure that America’s freedoms are protected, for history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing. That while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on earth.”


Mahama- Ghana

Complacency and frustration can entice us into believing that we are insignificant players stuck somehow in the background of a bigger picture, or that we are incapable of making a difference. But history itself has proven that nothing could be further from the truth.

Obama- USA

“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began, for our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts,”


Mahama- Ghana

We all, each and every one of us, have a role to play in the growth and development of our beloved mother Ghana. In our hands—yours as well as mine—rests the success or failure of Ghana’s future.

Obama- Ghana

“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time, not only with the votes we cast, but the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideas,” he concluded. “With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”


Mahama- Ghana

We need to look beyond temporary fixes to find lasting solutions for the complications we’ve experienced with power, water and sanitation.

Obama- USA

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations”.


Obama- USA

“Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution,”

“We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together are not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.”

“What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Mahama- Ghana

“I have taken an oath that as president of this nation, I will work hard to place us on the right path, and I will lead us over the hurdles and past the obstacles that might threaten to keep us from meeting our goals. The promises that I have made are promises that I intend to keep”.


Inauguration : Ghana and USA


Obama- USA

“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” he noted, adding that the nation was bound by “an oath to God and country, not party or faction.”

Mahama- Ghana

“Of course, every society has its share of people who would rather talk and complain about what is wrong, than devote their time and efforts to do what it takes to make things right”.


Mahama- Ghana

“Ghana is on the cusp of enormous transformation. We are moving forward at a rapid pace. New resources are at our disposal; new alliances are being formed. The opportunities posed by these gains could result in a self-sufficiency that was always imagined and desired, but was never a realistic occurrence in the foreseeable future, not in the way it is right now”.

Obama- USA

“With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”

Well these are excerpts picked from both presidents’ speeches on their inaugurations here in Ghana and over there in the United States of America.


Ghana news Agency

US Magazine Weekly

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Gone But Not Forgotten – A Year On

It was and is still a sad day to remember, hearts were broken, eyes were filled with tears.

Damirifa Due

Damirifa Due

This day a year ago, you left nothing but sorrow. Our state of livelihood changed, thoughts were tattered and one could not bare to the fact that you were no more.

DEATH they say is a separation from the physical to the spiritual. You departed from us to join your maker and I believe the Almighty is still keeping your soul and we are here also taking very good care of all that you left behind.

Personally I really miss you and will always cherish you because you were a believer in me and always gave me that urge to take the next step.

You always pitched in the right words any time I felt I was in a crisis mode of a sort.

I still hold those words you told me, barely two weeks before you left us to be with the Lord.

Words alone cannot bring you back but I believe that you are safe where you are now. The Almighty will continue to keep you safe and we shall also take up the mantle of continuing whatever you’ve tasked us to.

Demerifa due Akosua Becky ( as I affectionately call her) Nyame nkura wo kra 3nkosi wiase awiey3. We mourn no more!!

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Season’s greetings to everyone.

It’s been a wonderful year full of various activities of which I am sure most of them were heart desires and dreams fulfilled.

As we celebrate the birth of Christ hence Christmas, I have this simple, short message to all that has patronize my blog here;

This is a day to be happy, too many gifts of life to be thankful for, a moment to look back at what we have, and a life to look forward to.

A few more days for the year to draw to a close and I believe you still can put some finishing touches to end it well.

I hope to see each and everyone here in good health, prosperous and still pursuing their various dreams.

Shalom! Merry Christmas! Afihyia Pa!


Afihyia Pa

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Elections 2012 in 24 hours !!!

In exactly twenty four (24) hours, my great nation, Ghana will be at the polls to elects its president and members of parliament.

The elections no doubt will be a peaceful and calm one. Yesterday, Tuesday 5th December was the final day for open campaigns.

The battle lines have been drawn now and all what I have to say to everyone is, respect the electoral laws, get out there and vote and make your voice heard because your vote is your voice.

If you are socially inclined you can follow these blogs for up to date information on the election with respect to up to the minute facts, results and activities on the election day.

You can also follow these hash tags on twitter : #GhanaDecides #OurVoteOurVoice #LetsVote #Elections2012.

Ghana : Freedom and Justice. God bless our homeland Ghana.


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The Versatile Show by The Mr. Versatile

The Versatile Show by The Versatile Man

As the fever of Christmas has begun blowing, one is tickled with various shows and events to be staged from all angles of the capital.

One of such shows set to be held at the National Theatre will be hosted by one of Ghana’s top entertainment icon Okyeame Kwame now revered to as Mr. Versatile.

The show dubbed “The Okyeame Kwame Versatile Show” promises a night of music, theatre and dance. This show will feature other Great acts on the night such as Noyame African Dance Institute, Samini, Bradez of One Mic Entertainment, Roverman Productions, Kesse’s who featured on his “Sika” hit track, Raquel, Kofi B, Nana Yaa (Bertha), and many more acts.

The Rap Doctor, who is eyeing an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, by making a claim with the song, ‘Mr. Versatile‘ as the only song in the world made with eight different music genres, promises a one in a lifetime show to ever hit the capital on December 14th.

Known in private life as Kwame Nsiah Appau, choosing a show on a day of his birth (Saturday), goes to prove a no mistake of any sort hence a day for him to give all his best.

Okyeame Kwame has grown as an artist over the years progressively and has also paid his dues in giving back to society by instituting several social intervention initiatives notably his Hepatitis B screening and campaign. He also commands over 140,000 loyal fans on Facebook and a many more on twitter, telling you how far he’s come.

With his rich cultural background and depth of knowledge, looking at his carrier path, there is one quote by him that I will forever remember and salute him for ” Rap must always make sense even if you are joking”

The show is presented by One Mic Entertainment & MTN and fans also do have an opportunity to win the #1 Fan package by texting OK to the shortcode 1327 , so start texting.

See you at the National Theatre on December 14th. For more information about the show and Okyeame Kwame, Log on here:

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Hawa Yakubu : My Memory 5 Years On!

“Being in the university is one thing, leaving the university is another but applying what you gain here makes you a better person”.
I met her personally when the former president J.A. Kuffour was honoured

Hawa Yakubu The ‘Iron Lady’

with a doctorate degree at University of Cape Coast. Whiles all the other ministers sat comfortably in their cars, this gallant woman stepped out and told security to allow her relate with each and everyone who wanted to say hi. She got down from her ECOWAS parliament officially registered car, said hi, greeted and responded to cheers, then she gave us this short message for which till this day rings a bell in my head.
Those words till this day pushes me to the brim to aspire to be the very best in whatever I intend to do.
Personally she was a great woman of valor and the most respected politian to ever grace the land of this country and for me I salute her and pray her soul still rests in perfect peace and as they always say, vengeance is of the Lord.
For the few people who don’t know of this great woman I am talking about and paying homage to, you can find her detailed biography below.


To the body politics of women, a soon to be trailblazer had been born. In the tropical darkness of sub-Saharan Africa a soon to be torchbearer and a doyen of Ghanaian politics was born.

Tarkwa a medium size mining town in the western region of Ghana was proud to have accommodated the new born child in 1948, the year of great political awakens and consciousness towards independence. She is a native of Pusiga in the Bawku district in Ghana.

Her firm resolve to make it in life was that a keen sense of purpose must not easily be overcome by difficulties, her lovely mother a CPP activist was next to the infamous “Kulungugu” bombing, this showed how politics had taken roots in the family.

So it was no surprise when she took to politics like mother like daughter. Her mother was the women’s organizer of the CPP in her district, at a very young age she was elected unopposed to the local council and at the time a new constitution was being written in 1979, she was elected unopposed to the constituent Assembly to help in the drafting of that important document for Ghana, the youngest person to be so honoured, and the only one out of five people to be elected with the rest getting their positions by appointment.

She has exuded traits of martyrdom with such optimistic temperament, boldness and persistent action culminating into stardom and making her a paragon of society, with humility as her tramp card she has bridged the gap between the aged and the young, the incumbent and opposition, the hopeful and the faint hearted and a comforter for the destitute in society.

She has come close to death on several counts, when the hallowing storms of doubt and fear assailed she managed to prevail by the living words of God and the prayers of many people.

Take a walk with us as we delve deep into the beginnings of the woman behind the “Positive Change” enchantment which the ruling New patriotic party (NPP) used as it’s catch call slogan to win power in the 2000 elections, on the wheels of the slogan “Positive Change” many votes were delivered to NPP and in reminiscing time across memory lane we also trace her contributions to the body politics of Ghana, ECOWAS, Africa and the world at large.

The woman who has survived the Mamprusi and Kusasi skirmish, the conflict prone area of Bawku says bigotry and prejudice are the worst things a man could be guilty of, from her many a help has gone to people, and as a source of inspiration observers and admirers, have seen a great leader; tanned, well tailored in command and on her way to make a better world through the art of politics.

The one who has brought:

“Harmony in times of discord, Hope during despair, Truth where there is doubt”

Wish that amongst all the things that history will say about her when she is no more, it will not fail to record that she appealed to the best hopes of people and not their worst fears, their confidence and not their doubts, her wish is that people tread the path of life with liberty lamp lightening their path and stretching and arm of opportunity and help.

The Story of Hawa Yakubu unraveled…


Upon the death of her father Mr. Yakubu Awinaba, her mother popularly called Hajia Azore went through an ordeal from her in laws, Uncles insisted that the children who happened to be all girls, got married and forget of schooling, a defiant and visionary mother resisted, persisted and had her principles materializing later in the years to come.

Hon. Hawa Yakubu’s mother was thrown out of the family house for insisting that her daughters took to education instead of marriage, and being a very appreciative mother she promised Hawa the daughter that she was fond of, a house if she finished Navorongo Secondary school without getting pregnant, this feet Madam Hawa achieved to the praise of her mother.

After completing Navorongo secondary school, fate found her in Accra where she came to pursue catering at the revered Accra- Polytechnic, where she finished her tertiary education with resounding success; she later had the job of matron at Navorongo Secondary her educational roots.


She had two sons from her first marriage to Amadu Ayebo namely Felix and Derek and with these kids she sought refuge in 1982 in London. There she stayed with her two sons on a single bed as a refugee, in the night one of her sons will fall off from the bed because the bed was too small to accommodate the three of them.

Her new abode created a distance and a barrier between her and the husband( Amadu Ayebo) and this eventually led to the collapse of the marriage, she married captain Hodge Ogede, a pilot at Nigeria Airways with whom she had two girls, Amanda Ogede and Dieudonee Ogede.

Series of threats on her life and her devotion for politics took a greater part of her family time, Captain Ogede who increasingly got worried as a result of the threats on his wife and family decided to seek solace by opting out of a rather happy marriage, yet again on the wheels of politics she (Hon. Hawa Yakubu) lost her second husband, the relationship collapsed irreparably.

She lost her beloved son Felix in 2000 round up to the elections, living her with one surviving son Derrick, Amanda and Dieudonee.


In 1992 she came over to have the final funeral rites for her late mother (Hajia Azore) who died in 1983 from a shock upon hearing that her daughter (Madam Hawa Yakubu) had died in exile, this was later found out as rumor funned by no other than her surmises.


Hon. Hawa Yakubu’s political life started from the grass roots, she stood for the district assembly elections unopposed, and thus she became a member of her constituent assembly. Out of 5 women at the constituent assembly she was the only elected woman as the 4 were government appointee’s’, also she was the Upper East representative at the local government.

With a divided tradition she took to the side of Paa Willie, Adu Boahen, R.R. Amponsah to form UNC, which contested the 1979 elections and lost to Dr. Hilla Limann, though a Northern she never believed in tribal politics and she felt UNC had a better appeal and offer to the nation, she therefore defied the norm and voted against one of her own Dr. Limann thus ensuring thumbs up for objectivity and shame to the politics of tribalism and nepotism.

She sought political asylum as a refugee in London as the PNDC took over the reigns of power on 31st December 1981, after a long spell in Britain and Nigeria she came home in 1991 and contested the 1992 elections, as an independent candidate remaining neutral on the ensuing Kusasi and Mamprusi she drew lots of votes from both warring factions, also many sympathizers who were aware of the tragic and terrible death of her mother supported her efforts, the writing was therefore on the wall and it was no surprise that she won the 1992 elections and took active role in the first parliament of the 4th Republic.

As a strong member of the opposition and in the minority in parliament she distinguished her self as the voice of the voiceless this no doubt made her the envy of most of her colleagues in the majority who on certain occasions sought to eliminate her.

CLOSE SHAVE (Narrow escape)

She came close to death on several occasions, she was shot on close range but missed the target, her bag and windscreen were broken into on numerous times, in such times she used civil society and media to carry out the views of the opposition, she thus earned several accolades some referred to her as a myth breaker, a ‘bula matari(breaker of rocks) however the most popular with her fans was “Iron Lady”, she thus carved a niche for herself from an otherwise quiet, humble small – town girl into a national Heroine. To say she dominated the first parliament of the fourth republic is an under-statement.

She became a much sought for, participating in international for a , especially in connection with her pet subjects of women’s Empowerment, children’s right, Female Genital Mutilation, good governance and conflicts resolution. She was Executive committee member of the parliamentarians for Global Action and of Anglophone

Africa on the women’s Co-ordinating committees of the (I.P.U) Inter Parliamentary Union.


In 1996, a concerted government effort to rid parliament of this irrepressible woman led to the one of the two shameful of African political practice when electoral officers were pressured to declare her loser although she had retained her seat by a handsome margin, Hawa challenged the results but to no avail, a typical hallmark of a democrat she conceded defeat and left for Cotonou, Benin to serve as Executive Director of GERDDES, an NGO that observes elections. She stayed there till 2000 when she came down to contest for the 2000 elections on the ticket of the NPP and as an MP for Bawku Central.


In the 2000 elections she felt peeved, when she had won and the results were still not declared, a big squabble ensued which led her to come out from her hide out and to the police station for 4 more of the boxes to be counted after the elections had ended, these 4 boxes had her earning 2 and 300 for Fati Seidu, in some 8 (Hawa) 300(Fati Seidu) yet she won after the count of those boxes, Madam Fati Seidu later conceded to her big sister whom she regards as her mother. It is now known that 300 lives perished and 120 houses were raised down in that skirmish.


She says that even though she is now in the Danquah-Busia tradition she has lots of respect for Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and even beliefs that President Kufuor attest to the fact that Nkrumah was a great leader and a proud son of Ghana this she says the President stated when they made a trip to Morocco.

She admits that the Danquah Busia tradition makes room for social development even though it is private sector oriented.


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No Light No Vote !!

Elections 2012

People of Akorley off the Somanya – Dodowa road are peeved !!! Their message, “No Lights No Vote”.

I happened to find myself in this town when i attended a friend’s engagement and wedding ceremonies. The people are predominantly Mango ( What we call in Ghana ‘SALO’) farmers. Their land as i was told is a very fertile one of which any plant yields with high bearings when cultivation is due.

This is a town that on any day, sees rain twice everyday, no wonder the evidence was clear to see as a friend took me round a vast mango farm with the leaves very very green and fresh.

My friend’s uncle told me, there were vast lands available for which if anyone needed could come see the overseers of the land though he made it clear that, it had to be for developmental projects or for farming purposes.

So i asked, why the chanting out of the No Light No Vote ? And he’s response was simple – “We have been neglected for far too long and we need to be recognized since we also form part of the Yilo Krobo District”.

I also asked whether they’ve channelled their grievances to the respected authorities? The answer was in the affirmative and to add to what the middle aged man said in his own words – “Plenty plenty ‘tams’ (times)”.

As to how serious they were in this plea or threat, whichever way you might want to describe it, i was dared to come around during the December elections to see for myself if what they are pushing is a mere fluke in relation to what they are agitating for is not met.

Well lets see how it goes : i will try and link up with the folks there hopefully in a few weeks before the general elections to find out whether there’s been some level of progress in their quest for them to have electricity or light as the say they want.

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Can Sustainable energy be achieved by 2030?

Through out my growing life, I have been very concerned about what happens in the near future in relation to the environment. No doubt it has reflected in my activism being an A Rocha International member and rose to the University of Cape Coast president, Greenpeace member to mention but a few. I found this interesting piece online and I decided to blog it  so the conversation can still go on. The future is what we have, so I am sure if we take all the necessary steps to keep it safe, we will have a better place to live in. Continue reading.


The World Economic Forum’s Energy for Society initiative places secure and affordable energy access as the first of its five principles of which leading energy companies commit to deliver in order to meet the needs of a growing world population. Can we, however, go one step further and achieve universal access to energy by 2030 as is the target of many countries and the United Nations.


Renewable energy can play a transformative role in making this objective a reality. With the right policies, investment and public-private partnership models, we can achieve sustainable energy for all, and perhaps even before 2030.


By using our renewable resources, energy can be generated in a carbon-responsible, cost-effective manner that also creates jobs and mitigates climate change, providing a workable and affordable solution that will keep our planet healthy.


The potential of renewable energy is immense. For example, every megawatt (MW) of wind energy installed creates up to 20 jobs; a single 1.5 MW turbine can reduce CO2 emissions by over 3,000 tons every year. And, technological advances have increased the efficiency and productivity of renewable energy. In the wind industry, for example, improvement in technology have made wind turbines 100 times more powerful compared to designs from the 1980s. This is essential to meet our growing energy needs – industrialized countries need more energy to strengthen their economies and developing countries to accelerate progress.


Technological advances have also reduced the cost of renewable energy. For instance, sophisticated materials, electronics, aerodynamics and instillation of larger MW machines have brought down the costs of generating a kilowatt-hour of energy from wind by over 50%. The World Bank report, “Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development”, also demonstrates that the capital costs of wind, solar and hydropower are more than balanced by their low operational costs.


New innovative business models present an economic opportunity for incorporating renewable energy. For example, integrated desalination plants and electric cars (that can also be used to store excess energy) offer ways to reduce costs, increases efficiency and facilitate economic growth. The island community of Samso in Denmark is an example where community-owned renewable energy has helped drastically bring down carbon emissions. Wind turbines power 100% of their electricity needs, and 75% of heating needs are met through solar power and biomass. The community also makes a profit by selling excess energy to the mainland.

Renewable Energy Sustainability


Replacing traditional sources of energy completely with renewable energy is going to be a challenging task. However, by adding renewable energy to the grid and gradually increasing its contribution we can realistically expect a future that is powered completely by green energy.


If we act now, we can mitigate the threat to our planet, reduce our dependence on limited traditional sources of energy and provide every person with their fundamental right – access to energy.


This original piece was authored by, Tulsi Tanti the Chairman of Suzlon Energy and a founding signatory of the World Economic Forum’s Energy for Society Initiative.

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Adebayor is Back .

Tottenham Hotspur were delighted to announce that they had completed the transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

Sheyi Adebayor  impressed during his loan at White Hart Lane last season, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer with 18 goals in 37 appearances, maintaining his fine scoring record in England which now stands at 99 goals from 224 games.

Voted African Player of the Year in 2008, Adebayor originally moved to England with Arsenal in January, 2006 before joining Manchester City two-and-a-half years later and also enjoyed a spell on loan with Real Madrid in 2011.

Adebayor said: “I am pleased to be signing for Spurs on a permanent basis after finally agreeing my departure with Manchester City.

It was always clear that, Ade as he is affectionately called by team mates and close associates, had fell out with the team of Manchester City and always stood by his conviction of wanting to leave the club. So this came to him as a very big relief.

“It may have taken longer than expected but I am delighted to be back at Tottenham Hotspur.  I really enjoyed my time here last season and I am hoping we can achieve great things together again.”

Adebayor gets to wear the number 25 shirt of which he expressed joy in wearing a shirt number he is mostly associated with when his career took of on a high note.

In his remarks a few moments after the deal was completed, he took to the social media platform of Twitter and here was what he tweeted to his loving followers : “I’m back !!! Tottenham here I come!! I’m hungry for goals.. Get ready”.

He had his first training session today and he was very delightful as always on and of the pitch. I have no doubt in my mind that he’ll succeed here at this club and as a fan, I will always wish for him to be on top form.

I wish him well and hope he goes through the season fit.




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And there came the London 2012 Olympics. A dream that the Great Britain were anxiously waiting for. After a spectacular Opening ceremony, the games began in earnest. Old records were broken and new ones were set.

It was a period of our lives we will forever cherish. We as school children in Ghana always looked up to the vacation to be mesmerized by the dazzling performances by the athletes which invoked in us the desire to attain such greatness in our very own version of the Olympics in the play ground. My personal favorite was the gymnastics which we nicked name “acrobatics”.

As the Olympics ended a few days ago, I reminisce how we enjoyed and appreciated our version of the Olympics. The same way the world reveres the Olympics as a unifier, so did our version do. Socialization was at its peak, friendship and bonds were formed.

If the Olympics have disciplines on the tracks and fields like Javelin, Shot put, Archery and the likes, we can also boast of  ‘KOYONSOR ()). It is made from the famous Titus Sardine key opener which is folded with a feather from a chicken inserted at the tail end. Called it our version of the Dart or Archery.

We equally can boast of relay events that can match the Olympics boot for boot. Talk about Stay, Are you Ready, Yaasamebo, Julor K3 Police and many more of which you will not be disqualified after three (3) false starts.

As well as they can boast of the Lawn tennis event or discipline, we were innovative enough to create Headings or D3d Ball game which is less stressful, injury free but a good source of work-out exercise.

Let the world talk of swimming, scuba diving and all the water sports, we have the Golden Fish Fiesta. Here the winner is not determined by backstroking, free styling or even the famous butter flying  but any of the competitors is declared the champion if you are able to catch the ‘Golden Fish’ popularly known in our local setting as ‘Yaa Baaby’.

We also pride ourselves in a discipline which was and has always been a beauty to watch. It has exclusivity to the girls or women and it’s called AMPE. Well as we all recognize soccer as a male dominated discipline, so is AMPE to the women of Ghana. The idea of promoting this sport as an Olympic discipline, like Judo, never materialized and still very illusive to many. Well we don’t care, really because it remains exclusive to our version. Talk of a discipline that requires accuracy and precision comes our very own “Four Corners”. A game of football with four goal posts (small) in a square like shape. It’s a one touch kick to the opponent’s goal post. A total of four competitors at a time and when you concede a goal, you are eliminated for the entry of a new competitor. That’s our innovative side if you want to talk about football as we’ve done the tennis.

The Olympics has ended and has once again lived up to expectation and even though we cannot go back to the playground to relive those moments, I’m of the strong view that the Olympics should engulf some degree of African games otherwise what’s the point of Africans participating in it.

Story by:

Qwophi Opare : @qwophicedi on Twitter


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