Over 100 superstars including footballers, actors, musicians and broadcasters will be arriving in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, this weekend for a project aimed at promoting a peaceful 2012 elections in Ghana.
Togolese–born Tottenham Hotspurs top striker Emmanuel Adebayor is part of the 100 top stars expected in Kumasi and he has explained his interest in the event: I want to do this to promote peace in the country I love, the country I live in and the country I call home. Among the tall list of notables that have confirmed their participation include Ivoirian football giant Didier Drogba, Nigeria’s Nwanko Kanu, Stephen Sessegnon, George Oppong Weah and a tall list of Ghanaian soccer stars including John Painstil, Asamoah Gyan, Captain John Mensah, Stephen Appiah, Baffour Gyan and Laryea Kingston. The list also includes actor Agya Koo, actress Rose Mensah (Kyeiwaa) musician Kwaw Kese, Sexy Tinny, the ever-green Abrantie Amakye Dede, Castro and Samini.
The stars will partake in a road show from Accra to Kumasi on Saturday 23rd June from 9am to 4pm. The road show will have the stars parading their cars, led by a police escort, from Accra through Koforidua, Nkawkaw, Konongo, to Ejisu where there will be a 15-minute stop-over for autographs and photo opportunities with fans enroute to Kumasi. On Sunday June 24, they will climax the event with a football match at the Baba Yara Sports stadium.
Organizers, in an interaction with ‘News One’ explained that the event was dubbed Stars Soccer Fiesta Reloaded and that though it was an annual charity event, this year’s was solely aimed at promoting peaceful elections in Ghana. The said choice of the venue was to let the fans of Kumasi have the feel and fun attached to the worthy cause since part of the funds accrued would be used to support a charity in Kumasi, as had been the case for Accra fans since its inception some six years ago.
Ace broadcast journalist Kwami Sefa-Kayi is said to be coach of the media personnel football team while the professional footballers are expected to coach themselves. Top movie producer Shirley Frimponog Manso, organizers say would be leading a tall list of female celebrities to serve as ball girls.