The Team with the Best Moves!
by Kimberly Addison
Ghana is a football (soccer) loving nation. Although I appreciate and admire the sport I do not watch it religiously all year round like some of my friends do. Yet, if you catch me on a fourth year, you would think I am the biggest football fan you’ve ever met. I LOVE the FIFA World Cup. I mean who doesn’t? During the period in which it takes place, where ever you are in the world, you can feel the electric excitement pulsing from city to city throughout your country. National pride has sweetened the air as you and others ‘rep’ your country’s flag or favorite player’s jersey. During the days and nights as matches occur you can hear the enthralling cheers of excitement or the thunderous cries of disappointment. It is truly amazing. And it is something I look forward to every four years.
I love Ghana’s national team the Black Stars. They always bring vim (a Twi word meaning power, passion, or enthusiasm) and vigor to their games. In my (humble or not so humble) opinion, our beloved team is hands down the team with the best dance moves. It’s hard not to fall in love with the Black Stars when you see them singing and dancing their way into a stadium before a match. It’s infectious and they make you want to join in on the fun. During the 2010 world cup, the Black Stars won a lot of hearts with their footballing and their dancing. They were the only African team left standing in the quarterfinals. The whole continent was behind them. It was fortifying. And it was unifying. Though heartbreak soon rippled across the continent after Uruguay’s defeat of Ghana (thanks in large part to Suarez’s hand) in what is perhaps the most memorable match of 2010.
In the 2014 World Cup there was quite a bit of controversy with our much-loved team. Additionally their normal vim and vigor was not at its peak—they did not do as well as they had done in the 2010 cup. Nevertheless, they still brought their dance moves with them to Brazil—celebrating goals with Ghanaian dance swag.
About the author: Kimberly Addison is the Co-founder of '57 Chocolate.