As the good book, the Bible say, ‘’It’s appointed unto man to die once….’’. May 10, 2017 was really a day the whole nation was hurt once more following the demise of ace journalist Christopher Nana Opoku, in London.
Indeed, there is time for everything – time to be happy, sad, live, die, etc. That faithful Wednesday was time for my boss, father, friend, mentor, and advisor to pass on to glory after battling with some illness.
Honestly, it would be difficult to describe how Chris meant to me when it comes to this journalism work. He took me from nowhere. In fact, I was green when it comes to writing sports articles until I met him on August 26, 2010 via a Facebook chat. I had interviewed former Hearts Of Oak midfielder Prince Attakora Gyimah; so I told him my desire to write and he wholeheartedly welcomed me.
Boss, you took the pain to teach me all the necessary rudiments and techniques, especially in getting the best news from an interviewee.
Through you, I had a relationship with ace lawyer Moses Foh Amoaning. I recall the first time I called on him for an interview he indicated that, ‘’ Oh, you write for Christopher’s website, for him I will talk because he’s a good man’’, I was elated and realized that I was with the right person.
Your death really came as a surprise as I would have wished you stayed longer but our God knows best. He does what’s best for His children.
I never dreamt of working closely with you, as I thought where you had reached I may not be able to get the opportunity to chat with you. The first time you saw me at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium with your close pal Nana Agyemang was fun throughout, and I remember the kind words you told me.
Chris’ life encouraged me to know that I can work as a journalist and still worship my God in truth and in spirit.
Because prior to entering this job, I wasn’t enthused about the behaviour of most sports journalist, in the country. You really did everything heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men as stated at Colossians 3:23.
But Chris demonstrated to me through the chats we had and posts on Facebook and other platforms that I can be a good Christian and at the same time work as a journalist. Your interest in Music coupled with other religious programs had a great impact on my life although I never informed you.
Our relationship became extraordinary when we realized that we hail from Asante-Akyem and even completed the same secondary school-Kumasi High School.
Boss, you are gone but you will forever be remembered for all the good reasons.
I can confidently say that you were the best among your peers or age group. Point blank on issues, saying it as it is without fear or favour.
For you to reject an opportunity to trek to Brazil with the Black Stars because you felt things were not done rightly was a big plus and no one can erase the legacy left.
Your insightful and deep analysis on issues will forever be missed. Your features and opinions on footy-ghana.com will forever be traced.
Christopher was the brain behind Footy-Ghana.com. He trained many young and energetic sports writers including Evans Gyamera-Antwi(now with goal.com), Stephen Amos(now with GhOTv and StarrFM), Daniel Osei(Herosportsgh.com) and others.
‘Born in 1974, he lived in at least two continents and three countries – Scotland where he was born; Ghana and Nigeria where his family re-located – and studying at university-operated primary schools in the cities of Kumasi and Ibadan.
In 1988, a 14-year-old Opoku returned to his native Ghana, continuing his secondary education at St. Hubert’s Seminary and Kumasi High School, both in Ashanti, and successfully gained admission at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), but only on the second time of asking. After a year spent studying for a diploma in Data Processing, he switched to seek and completed a degree programme in Computer Science, bringing to a climax a somewhat convoluted educational circuit’.
The Opoku family has fixed today, July 15 as date for the final funeral rites of the late sports journalist, Christopher Nana Opoku.
Opoku, last worked for Accra-based Citi FM. He also had stints with LUV FM, JOY FM, Metro TV and Power FM.
The pre-burial rites will take place in the morning of Saturday, July 15 at the KNUST Poolside Park from 7am.
The remains of the late former GHALCA Administrative Manager will then be buried in his hometown, Asante-Akyem Domeabra after which the family and well wishers will convene at the KNUST Poolside Park from 1-6pm.
Christopher Opoku’s funeral rites will climax on July 16 also at the KNUST Park.
Columbus until we meet again, God be with you. May your Soul Rest In Peace Aberante3!!!
By: Daniel Osei