by Joshua Berman
The author experiences World Cup fever on the Gold Coast
It was a two-day journey to Tamale, where Mammah Tenii was waiting to connect us with Chief Kansuk, who everybody called “Chief.” It was the summer of 2006 and the national soccer team, the Ghana Black Stars, was playing in the World Cup in Germany. It was a historical moment to be there and we had this other mission on top of it.
… Team jerseys were on sale on every street corner in Accra with the names and numbers of the stars: Mensah, Appiah, Amoah, Essien, Kingson. Things had peaked a few days before, when Ghana played the United States. In Mamprobi, our neighborhood, each of Ghana’s goals against the United States was followed by an eruption of families into the streets”yelling, playing drums, singing, gourd shaking, running and racing in every direction. [READ THE REST]->