Discovering - West Africa - Ghana - Panafrica - Football - Sport competitions
By John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of Ghana
As I prepare to travel to South Africa to attend the 19th FIFA World Cup event, I am reminded of the incomparable power of sports. Perhaps it is because I am a politician that I am so acutely aware of the fact that through international competitive sports we as a global community have managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable political and social divides. It seems that when we look at the world through the lens of sports, we are suddenly, magically, able to place people first — regardless of race or ethnicity or religion or national origin. We are able to finally see one another without the intrusion of our own false assumptions and prejudices, the sensationalism of newspaper headlines, or the self-important posturing of politicians. Even more important, we permit ourselves to appreciate — and sometimes even applaud — what we see.

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