At a very young age, Akosua Adjei dreamt of becoming a newscaster just like her idols, Aku Shika, and Gifty Anti, but she eventually realised that she enjoyed everything sports and decided to become a sports journalist.
Her journey was not a smooth and perfectly laid-out one, but the good thing is that, years later, she is exactly where she hoped to be.
Akosua’s story is one of perseverance and going after what one wants.
In an attempt to educate, inspire and challenge our readers, Yabacampus highlights her path to becoming a sports journalist.
Lawrence Nyamekye Adjei, popularly known as Akosua Adjei, grew up with her grandmother in Obuasi and started basic education there.
As a young girl, she developed a particular interest in sports, thanks to her uncle and how invested the residents in her town were when it came to supporting the football team, Ashanti Gold.
“My uncle used to work for the National Sports Authority so I got to know more about sports and also, growing up in Obuasi, there were a few things you could do. For example, you either enjoy sports, dancing or mining. I, therefore, got to know bits and pieces of everything”.
Her interest in sports grew even bigger when she moved to Kumasi Girls’ Senior High School.
A friend of hers who was a day student used to bring the latest 90-Minutes newspaper to class every time, which informed them about the world of sports and the lives of celebrated sports personalities beyond the pitch.
For example, it had nice pictures of Christiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend, and it was almost as if every other edition of 90-Minutes had Christiano Ronaldo with a different lady.
This really heightened my interest in sports in secondary school, the fact that we could talk about other things athletics.
I didn’t let a lot of people know the extent to which I love sports, particularly football, so anytime there was a match I was interested in, I ditched going to the JCR where the guys were and would rather go watch at a pub somewhere in Cape Coast”
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