Writing about the late gem Christopher Opoku who was an amazing sports journalist with impeccable reputation among his peers is really a joy and has always been because he always gave me hope for the future of journalism in this country and the world at large. I seldom write about broadcasters who are no more but as I often say, sometimes you just cannot help but bend your own rules.
Christopher as was known few years ago has been battling with cancer till he was called to glory by His maker months ago in the United Kingdom where he had gone to seek help with his health. It’s obvious he went with the hope of returning to TV, radio and writing for his website but God had other plan for Chris as affectionately called.
I remember my last article on Christopher was when he blew my mind away running the news room at Citi FM to the extent of sitting in for the Richard DelaSkyy for their major news bulletin; Eye Witness News. I gladly share with you again below as he was buried last Saturday……
CHRISTOPHER OPOKU OF CITI FM SHOWS CLASS
I love it when one out of the millions put smiles on the cheeks of the lots especially when all hope seemed lost. Sports journalism in this country has gone through public ridicule taking into consideration what we have been watching and listening on TV and radio respectively. Professional sports commentary and presentation has become the personal property of the very, very few in this country.
The rest are full of jokes and exaggerations. Others are also very lazy and will always want to resort to getting information from the internet as if they are living in a developed world. I always ask, when will my people learn? But i console myself with fact that, the very, very few among them go to the extent of driving to the houses and offices to get the information from the horses own mouth.
I know you will say what is also stopping them (sports personalities) from coming out with the information? My simple answer to that; if they don’t bring it, you do your show anyway. And so why resort to throwing dust into the eyes of the public when you can take the pain of going to them or reaching in various forms to get the authentic information? One man has proven within his shortest time with Citi FM that sports journalism is not meant for school drop outs as held by many Ghanaians. I will not deny the fact that some of them really deserve that tag but not all.
Christopher Opoku is his name though others enjoy calling him Chris but the truth is that those who knew him all the way from Kumasi refer to this gem as Colombus and for the reason behind that name we will leave that for the birds now. I always say that some presenters in Ghana are with wrong radio or TV stations but should maintain that before the right platform avails itself. The focus should be taking every negative strives and energy as a learning process. Christopher has tasted both TV and radio and still does because as at the moment he doubles as the co-host of the Sunday Night Live on GTV.
He joined Citi FM not long but has definitely imprinted his name on minds of every Citi FM listener by dent of hard work. As a matter of fact, he virtually heads all the sports departments of almost all the stations he has worked for in Accra, from Asempa FM, Power FM, Metro TV etc.
Mr Opoku distinguished himself further when he made an appearance at the World Cup commission and made a revelation that marvelled the whole country. This man turned down an offer to travel to the Brazil 2014 World Cup tourney with a whooping travelling allowances etc. i was not marveled because he has always being a gentleman and a very well respected Christian. I know for fact that he even has a gospel song out.
When Chris joined the Citi FM sports team, I wasn’t marveled because he was the better replacement for vibrant Garry Al Smith who left for Multi Media’s Joy FM because in Colombus’ books, there is nothing like excuse to non-performance. Fortunately, for him, the man in helm of affair at Citi FM, Sam Mends is also a radio genius and has what it takes to turn things round for the better in the life of apresenter or journalist. The man who has been noted for Sports for the whole of last week has been a pillar on the Eye Witness News of Citi FM. He has been presenting the news which continues to baffle me not because I thought he cannot, but the way he made it look like appeared he has been doing that forever.
Kudos to whoever reposed that trust in Christopher Opoku because the gentleman is indeed a utility player like the sports folks say. His smartness even comes to bear on air when the news ongoing making his colleague either Nana Ama or Pearl AkanyoOfori does majority of the reading though he (Christopher Opoku) leads the anchoring. I accepted Chris and a gem in the sporting fraternity and will definitely doff my hat out for the man for proving to the world that not all sports journalists are school dropout or chose sports as an easy way out but just passion. You are a gem and I am so sure Sam Mends and his people will be glad they hired your services.
As Christopher journeys home, there are few interesting things I picked from listening, reading and watching stuff about the gentleman;
His dedication to whatever he involved himself is breathtaking to say the least and he does that without looking back and comparing what his peers are doing and saying. It’s obvious he didn’t fear to say the truth even in the face of power. The man had to run to the next room to text to his wife who was then his friend that he loved her at a time he was the host of the show morning at a radio station. That alone should give you inkling about the sort of person I am talking about. When all thought he was morally right, he was singing “Mere whewh3 wo” which means “I am looking for you” to God.
Even those I tag legends like Carl Tuffour, KwabenaYeboah etc. referred to their younger brother Christopher Opoku as Legend. Legendary Christopher Nana Yaw Opoku rest well!
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