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GIVE THE DEVIL ITS DUE

Accra or Ohene Djan Sports Stadium?

FOR THE umpteenth time, the problems has arisen again –what to call the nation’s premier sports stadium sited in Accra.

A Ministry of Youth and Sports edict is expected to finally lay to rest the name of the stadium variously called Accra Sports Stadium or Ohene Djan Stadium.

Built in the early 1950s as a gift from the UAC Group of multi-nationals “for the people of Accra,” the Stadium has produced many champions in football, athletics and boxing.

Points can be raised to argue that the first to initiate any sports programme for the country was the late Richard Akwei who did a yeoman’s job before the late Ohene Djan burst on the scene after 1957.

If the authorities want to be grateful in naming the edifice after any of the two men there is no problem with that.  However, I am inclined to believe that the original citation when the keys were handed over for the use of the facility be respected.

“For the people of Accra” – is enough both in content and meaning and so I endorse the final name of Accra Sports Stadium. But additionally the plaques of both Richard Akwei and Ohene Djan must be mounted to show the roles they played in raising the standard of sports in our dear country.

Give whoever matters, his r her due is my plea and by the way, by whatever name , a rose will still smell as sweet!

wojaku

Born on 25th February 1964 in Accra, Ghana, and holds a Diploma in Journalism

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