Arthur Wharton to be celebrated in Ghana


Ghana and Britain will collaborate to posthumously celebrate the late Arthur Wharton in the area of projects in his hometown, James Town.

This came to light when the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, on Tuesday March 1, paid a courtesy call on the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) at the GFA Secretariat in Accra.

Among a variety of issues discussed was the recognition and celebration of Arthur Wharton.

Arthur Wharton was the first black professional footballer in the world. He was Ghanaian and hailed from James Town, in Accra.

“Actually in the UK, we are sad in a way because Arthur Wharton was the first-ever black professional footballer. He was Ghanaian, he was born in James Town and we think it is sad that he is not better known and he deserves to be better known. He deserves to be a real icon in the UK and in Ghana, so, we discussed how we might cooperate together in future and through the Arthur Wharton foundation in the UK with particular focus on projects,” Mr Benjamin told the press after his closed door meeting with the GFA president.

Other issues discussed were the role the British High Commission and the GFA could play towards a peaceful election.

“Here, the UK is entirely neutral. The elections are internal and a sovereign affair of Ghana. But if we can make a contribution, including through football, to ensure a peaceful environment (before, during, and after the election) we will be very happy and honoured to do so,” Mr Benjamin said.

He, however, said that some of the issues discussed were sensitive and hence declined comment on such.



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