It is often said that everything has its own advantages and disadvantages. Yes, E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G! Same thing obviously can be said about the current global novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic despite the devastation it has caused so far, especially on health, economy, education and family.
Perhaps, for the first time in human history, this pandemic has forced the entire world to adopt certain new ways of living which are not really pleasant, albeit, very neccessary.
Some of the new ways of living have been social distancing, regular washing of hands with soap under running water at short intervals, avoiding hugs and handshakes and instead elbow bumping, avoid touching one’s face, regular wearing of nose masks (very uncomfortable I must admit), frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and staying at and working from home.
As a result of these new ‘normals’ and the plenty of time people have on their hands now, a lot more individuals are becoming innovative and creative in several different ways. Musicians have composed masterpieces, ordinary citizens have become celeb TikTok actors and comedians.
Here, in Ghana, an amazing talent has also been discovered in the most unlikely of places – on the streets – on the back of Covid-19.
An older Ghanaian woman who is a hawker, is spotted in a 50-second video, mesmerising the watching public with her captivating imaginary football commentary.
The hawker is seen with her ware – a basket of ice water for sale – on her head as she ran her commentary on a fierce match between Covid and the Black Stars of Ghana.
In the commentary, she mentions the inconvenience the virus has brought on Ghanaians and how the various social interventions by the government have not been enough.
From the commentary, after 50 seconds of what appeared as a highly competitive, fast-tempo, and an end-to-end game, the Black Stars of Ghana emerged winners as they beat Coronavirus by a goal to nil with Black Stars’ skipper Andre Dede Ayew, getting the lone goal.
The street commentator received a lot of cheers and applause as she ran her commentary with a lot of colourful adjectives and descriptions in the Twi dialect.
Another amazing thing observed about the commentator was how she wasn’t even distracted when someone approached her to buy water. She sold the water without truncating her commentary.
In the less than one minute clip, the hawker-commentator applied almost all the elements needed to run a professional football commentary. Her report had flair, relevant vocabulary, clarity, dexterity, energy, pace, emotion and accuracy.
Obviously, this is a talent worth investing in and utilising. This hawker’s incredible skill must not let to go waste. Maybe some of the Twi speaking radio stations can consider joining her to their sports unit. Who knows, she just might be our Peter Drury trapped in the rough; and may bring a different kind of spice to football commentary in the country in an area of the industry you will rarely find women.
Watch video below: