Friday, 7 May 2010

From “Gutter to Gutter” to World Cup

Nothing in life can beat the power of a dream. We all used to play “gutter to gutter” as kids. Some of us couldn’t see beyond the stench wreaking gutters out of which we had to reluctantly fish out our drenched socks ball or “chelesa”. Ghana Soccer Story
Others however, saw beyond the tiny alleys and abandoned streets of Accra. The chosen few dream of playing before the whole world and even lifting the much envied Golden Cup. And God being their help, that dream might come true soon.
Ghana Soccer Story
The crescendoing soccer fever has got me kicking myself for turning down the offer to photograph the world cup in South Africa. I don’t shoot much sports was my reason but now the craze is so high, I find myself documenting soccer in Ghana. Ghana Soccer Story
I’ve had the privilege of seeing Chris Steele-Perkins’ of Magnum’s football photos he made recently in Ghana, and if I can create anything a quarter as good, I will give myself an award. Chris, thank you for inspiring me.
Ghana Soccer Story
This morning, I just want to bare my heart out to you and say “Don’t abandon your dream, no matter how retarded they sound”. Dreams have more than enough power in themselves to fulfill themselves. All we have to do is to be strong enough to be there. Don’t give up. Have a great day!

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