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Photos+video: Colourful scenes from 2023 African Games opening ceremony

By Vincent Ashitey
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The 13th edition of the African Games, Accra 2023 opening ceremony took place on Friday, March 8 at the University of Ghana Stadium.

 A major highlight of the ceremony was the parade of nations, where participating athletes proudly represented their countries in attires from their respective countries, embodying the spirit of unity and sportsmanship.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ghana's President Akufo-Addo, underscored that the 13th African Games symbolises a celebration of unity, sportsmanship, and excellence across the African continent.

He emphasised that the event serves as a beacon of hope, reminding Africans of their shared heritage and common aspirations.

“I urge all participants to compete with the utmost integrity and sportsmanship, honouring the values of fair play and mutual respect,” he stated.

“May the 13th African Games be remembered, medals won, but also for the palms, ferns, forests, and the memories shared. Together, let us write a new chapter in the history of African sports, one defined by excellence, unity, and progress.”

The Borteyman Sports Complex and the refurbished University of Ghana Stadium have been chosen as the main venues for the Games.

The opening ceremony saw performances from top Ghanaian musicians, including Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale, King Promise, and South African sensation Kamo Mphela among others.

 With over 3,000 athletes competing in 29 sports disciplines, including qualifiers for the Paris Olympics in 2024, this edition of the games promises to be an unforgettable showcase of Ghanaian excellence and resilience.