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Ghana proved a good host for African Games

The Pan African Games in Accra, Ghana. (Mayama Opare/YJI)

Accra, GHANA – Athletes from across the African continent gathered in Ghana’s capital city to compete in a diverse range of sporting events and disciplines, showcasing their skills and spirit.

Ghana hosted the 13th African Games in the capital city Accra in April, with additional events taking place in two sub-host cities, Kumasi and Cape Coast.

Initially scheduled for August 2023, the games were postponed due to delays in facility completion.

But the event finally kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring vibrant cultural performances, dazzling fireworks, and an atmosphere of unity.

Spectators watch the African Games in Ghana. (Mayama Opare/YJI)

In his address, Ghanian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo extended a warm welcome to the participating countries.

The Games served as a catalyst for the government to complete the long-abandoned national stadium in Accra.

With the event fast approaching, the government invested the necessary resources to get the project back on track, transforming the stadium into a modern, world-class facility.

The successful completion of the stadium not only provided a fitting venue for the Games but also demonstrated the government’s renewed commitment to investing in sports infrastructure and supporting the growth of athletics in Ghana.

The closing ceremony of the 13th African Games was a resounding success, with a star-studded lineup of performers taking the stage.

Ghana’s very own Stonebwoy got the crowd on their feet with his energetic set, followed by the Congolese sensation Innoss’B, who brought his signature blend of rhumba and Afrobeat to the table.

Cameroonian artist Stanley Enow also delivered a memorable performance, showcasing his unique style and talent.

The African Games were a dazzling spectacle. (Mayama Opare/YJI)

In a thrilling finale, Wiyaala, the Ghanaian songstress, brought the house down with her powerful vocals and captivating stage presence.

The stadium was packed to the brim, with thousands more fans gathered outside, all united in their enthusiasm for the incredible display of music, culture, and African talent.

The ceremony was a fitting conclusion to an unforgettable event, leaving a lasting impression on all who witnessed it.

Mayama Opare is a Reporter with Youth Journalism International.

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