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Ghanaian Olympic medalist, Samuel Takyi, to receive a car and USD 10,000 from Prez. Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has charged the Ghana Olympic Committee and all stakeholders to ensure that the successes chalked at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be a springboard towards greater achievements.

This, according to the President, will allow the country “to regain its place of pride in sports on the continent and in the world.”  

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With the 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham just around the corner, President Akufo-Addo charged the “Ministry of Youth and Sports and all stakeholders to put in the necessary measures to ensure that we improve on our performance over the Australia 2018 Commonwealth Games.”    

The President made this known when the Ghana Olympic team at the 2020 Tokyo Games called on him on Friday, August 20, 2021, to present the historic bronze medal, the first time the nation has won a medal in the history of this Fourth Republic, to him at the Jubilee House in Accra.   

Touting the country’s achievements at the Tokyo games, President Akufo-Addo said “despite being represented by 14 athletes, the individual performances you put up at the Tokyo Olympics have been one of the best in the nation’s history.”

“Our last medal was in 1992 when the Under-23 football team, the Black Meteors, won bronze at the Barcelona games. For the first time in 49 years, Ghana won a medal in boxing, with the last one won by Prince Amartey in the 1972 games in Munich”, he added. 

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Continuing he disclosed further that, “for the first time in 25 years, our 4 by 100 relay team qualified for the finals at the Olympics. Four national records were broken at the games, that’s Joseph Amoah in the 200 metres race, the 4 by 100 team in the semi-finals, Abeiku Jackson in the 100 meters freestyle race in swimming, and Christian Amoah in weightlifting.”

He indicated that, “out of the 52 countries in the Olympic Games, Ghana placed 10th on the African standings and for the first time ever in the history of the Olympic Games, a Ghanaian athlete, Samuel Takyi, was selected to represent Africa at the closing ceremony of the Olympics.” 

Portraying a country that honours its heroes, the President noted that as a “show of modesty and our gratitude, and on the basis of your individual performances, I’m happy to announce that each member of the team will receive a reward of 5,000 Dollars.” 

“The medalist Samuel Takyi will receive a car, 10,000 Dollars plus an additional 20,000 Dollars put in a Career Development Fund. Aside these, the total in bonuses for the team amounting to a total of 150,000 Dollars,” he concluded.

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Akumaa Mama Zimbi

Akwaaba Festival, an event being organised to promote Ghanaian cultural heritage through the exhibition of textiles, music, food bazaar, among others, will take place from August 4 to 6 at the National Theatre in Accra.

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The three-day festival, according to the organisers, will showcase various aspects of the Ghanaian culture, as well as tourist sites in the country.

It will also give opportunity to participants to exhibit their products to promote trade, exposure and relationships.

The festival will also support the government’s efforts in revamping the arts, culture and entertainment industry, and assist the promotion of tourism business, while deepening confidence in made-in-Ghana products.

It will also feature performances of cultural groups, a fashion show dubbed, ‘Wear Ghana Fashion show’, highlife music performances, and Miss Akwaaba ‘22 pageant show.

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Exhibitors will be provided with tents at a fee to showcase paintings, woodworks, artifacts, beads, drums, clothes, as well as food and beverages.

This was made known by the organisers at the official launch, which was attended by a number of personalities from the creative industry.

Some of the creative arts industry personalities who graced the launch and were also unveiled as brand ambassadors included Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, popularly known as Akumaa Mama Zimbi, and Patricia Bani.

 

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Hiplife/afrobeat artiste and songwriter, Eugene Kwame Marfo, known on stage as Kuami Eugene, has revealed he was expecting to win the Highlife Artiste of the Year and Collaboration of the Year awards at the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

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According to him, he was featured on many songs which were hits in the year under review, therefore was expecting at least one of the songs to win the Collaboration of the Year.

“It wasn’t even my songs. These were songs that I was featured on. Look at the songs that I was featured on, from ‘Yeeko’ to ‘Biibi Besi’ toAbodie’, and none of those songs had an award. But then, again, it’s VGMA, and we have limited power when it comes to VGMA,” he told   Hitz FM in an interview.

For the Highlife Artiste of the Year category, Kuami Eugene explained that in the year under review, he had embarked on a journey of championing highlife music.

“I have been championing highlife for some time now, but whoever took it also deserves it because they have also been working as well,” Kuami Eugene said.

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Despite not taking home an award on May 7, when the event was held, Kuami Eugene says he was not disappointed.

“I have never been disappointed. It’s like somebody saying, ‘I want to loan you money’ and they wake up and say ‘I don’t think I can loan you my money anymore.’ Somebody’s award, if he says I will give it to someone else, I can’t fault that person (sic),” the musician explained.

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