I'm a journalist based in Accra with a history of specialization in the coverage of sports. I write/have written on other stuff too. I love to write features that explore the beauty and struggle of life and its culture. I'm passionate about (the limitless varieties and possibilities of) art and storytelling, and its application to humanity.
I have written for/featured on many outlets, among them: BBC, ESPN, SuperSport, Daily Telegraph (UK), Goal.com, BackPage football and Pulse Ghana. Once in a while, I can be seen on T.V or heard on radio, though I predominantly love to keep a low profile. I have also served as a Ghanaian football consultant for some people and some institutions, as well as a correspondent for FIFA and Gracenote.
In October 2015, I was privileged to be a nominee at the CNN Multichoice African of the Year Awards in Nairobi, Kenya - and at 21, even more privileged to have been one of (if not the) youngest nominee in the history of the competition. Months later, I won the Best Writing - Column award at the Sport Media Pearl Awards in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. - the inaugural global awards for sports jounalists. In a competition that featured the best sports journalistic craftsmen worldwide, I found myself being the only African final nominee and winner. The youngest across board too. These experiences, as you can imagine, were really surreal. I guess it is safe to say that I've had my fair share of God's grace so far, and I do not take it for granted at all. As you may have peculiarly spotted, I said God's grace, and not luck, because I am Christian.
I've also ghostwritten the autobiography of the late Ghanaian football legend Charles Kumi 'C.K' Gyamfi, who was a joint-record three-time winner of the Africa Cup of Nations and the first African to play professionally in Germany. The book has been in the works over the last two years, and although it is yet to be published, allow me to get ahead of myself and declare myself an author (afterall, isn't life too short to wait? haha). Becoming an author has been a dream of mine since I was nine. I just rhymed, by the way.
I was born in Mmrom, Kumasi - in the Ashanti Region. I'm an alumnus of K.N.U.S.T Nursery, Primary and Junior High, Achimota School and the University of Ghana - where I studied Political Science. I speak Twi, Fante, English and of course, like every other sane young male adult in Ghana, Pidgin.
I absolutely love laughter and lightheartedness, family and friends.
I'm on twitter too: @fiifianaman. Say hi, will you? ;-)
Thanks for visiting! I do hope most of the stuff here's informative and entertaining. Otherwise, it's okay if you feel it's rubbish. I feel like that sometimes anyway.
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