Queen's Baton Arrives in Ghana

Queen's Baton Arrives in Ghana

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The Queen’s Baton has on Monday, October 25, 2021safely landed in Accra, Ghana from Free Town, Sierra Leone.

Mr. Alie Gibrill  Koroma, a member of the Commonwealth Games Association of Sierra Leone brought the Queen’s Baton and he presented it to the President of the Commonwealth Games Association Ghana, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah at the VIP lounge of the Kotoka International Airport.

He commended Ghana for creating an exciting scene on the Queen’s Baton.

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Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah said the Baton carries a message from the queen of England to all the 72 nations of the Commonwealth, and it is in preparation towards the next Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Birmingham in 2022.

“It is fantastic to have the baton arrive in Ghana, reaching the 6th country destination out of the 72 Commonwealth nations and Territories it will be arriving at”.

According to him, the Baton’s route started from Cyprus, Malta, Nigeria, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, and now Ghana which will be the 3rd West African country to receive the baton.

The Baton will be in Ghana for the next two days and would be held by the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and other dignitaries of the state as well as celebrities and distinguished sportsmen and women.

It will move to Tema and Kumasi where the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will hold it with some of his subjects at Manhyia palace, then to Ntonso, where the Adinkra symbols originated, and Bonwere, known to be the origin of the popular Kente cloth.

At least 100 people will bear the Baton before it moves to Cameroun on October 28.

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Present at the airport to welcome the Baton was Mr. Malcolm Hood representing the British High Commission and members of the committee in charge of the Queen’s Baton in Ghana.

They include chairman Mr. Fred Otu Lartey, Mr. Isaac Duah, Mr. Melvin Brown, Mr. Abdul Hayye Yartey, Mrs. Delphina Quaye, Mr. Michael Ayeh and Miss Farida Idriss administrator at the Commonwealth Games Association Ghana.

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The Baton with its royal message was dispatched by Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd from Buckingham Palace on 7th October 2021, with its first stop in Cyprus.

The Baton will tour all the 72 Commonwealth nations and Territories and then arrive back in England at the Opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022, where Her Royal Majesty will take out her message and read it to the whole world.

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By Sammy Heywood Okine

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