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Sports News of Wednesday, 4 April 2018


Commonwealth Games: Take a peek at Ghana's kente costume for the opening ceremony

Ghana's Kente costume for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has offered a peek at the official costume Team Ghana will wear for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games which gets underway in a few hours in Gold Coast, Australia.

A tweet by the GOC reveals that the members of Ghana's team at the Commonwealth Games will take to the Carrara Stadium, Carrara, Australia wearing a colourful kente strip.

The ladies will wear their pink kente vests over white long sleeve shirts. and kente skirts while the men will their kente vests over black trousers and white long sleeve shirts.

Ghana would be represented at the opening ceremony and throughout the Commonwealth Games by 72 sportsmen and sportswomen in 12 disciplines, with 35 technical men aiding them, with support from four medical doctors and 12 officials.

Ghana has won a total of 57 medals in the history of the Commonwealth Games comprising 15 gold, 18 silver and 24 bronze medals.

In the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, Ghana's Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide announced a $15,000 cash prize for any gold medal winner from Ghana.

According to Mr Hadzide, who doubles as the Head of Ghana's International Games Committee (IGC), his outfit decided that the government will contribute $5,000 to the total sum while an Australian philanthropist offered to contribute the remaining $10,000 for gold medal winners.

He added that silver and bronze medal winners from Ghana's contingent will also receive $3,000 and $2,000 respectively for their efforts.

Kente, known as nwentom in Akan, is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is native to the Akan ethnic group of South Ghana.

Kente is made in Akan lands such as Ashanti Kingdom, (Bonwire, Adanwomase, Sakora Wonoo, Ntonso in the Kwabre areas of the Ashanti Region). It is also worn by many other groups who have been influenced by Akans.

Kente comes from the word kenten, which means basket in Akan dialect Asante. Akans refer to kente as nwentoma, meaning woven cloth.

It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Over time, the use of kente became more widespread. However, its importance has remained and it is held in high esteem with Akans.