I walked into the offices of the upper West regional youth authority and met this man who earned just a greeting from me.
My worry in that office was to meet the director who owed me some coins and not to spend time talking to a retiree whom I have never met. After meeting the director I asked for permission to leave but Senior Abudu as the director is called said he wanted to introduce me to someone.
Who is this person I asked? It was there I met the same retiree I had no time to chat with. His name Paul Hermit Sorinyeh a man who set a national record in the 80’s in the 5000 meters race which remains unbroken. Instead of being happy meeting a national record holder, I had tears welling in my eyes.
The strong man who set the record years ago and was responsible for training other children is now limping due to a problem with his hip bone. According to Mr. Sorinyeh he still finds it difficult to understand what caused his problem which requires surgery at the cost of 3,700 pounds. He has been able to raise much of the said amount and now needs just 700 cedis to complement what he has raised but funny enough he has not been able to do so. when asked why he has not sought for help from people in the region he put it bluntly ” our people are wicked”.
With the bitterness he put it, I started asking questions was it wrong for the black stars to demand their appearance fees knowing very well that after the retire Ghanaians will forget of them? With no one breaking his record set in 1985, is the Ghana Atheletic Association saying they don’t have him in their records? Do we care about our national heroes at all? I have been asking these questions and each day that passes sees me getting angrier by our people’s actions.
Paul Hermit Sorinyeh set a record of 14:36.7 AND NO ONE HAS BROKEN IT since 1985 but he has been forgotten. I have met several of his kind roaming our streets and treated with disdain is that what we are planing for our children ? I continue my travels today in Nandom where the people are celebrating their Kakube festival.
Author: Lansah Musah, a Journalist