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Emmanuel Nii Tettey Oku

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para powerlifting in 2018. "One year later I had the opportunity to represent my country in my first ever competition in Lagos [Nigeria]."
Why this sport?
"One day I was watching sports on TV, they were showing the [2016] Paralympic Games in Rio. I saw people being pushed in wheelchairs, lifting weights, and I was like, 'Wow, I can do this', because before then I was a bodybuilder. So, I developed interest for the game. One day a friend introduced me to the Para powerlifting team of Ghana. I went there, I watched them training, and then I started training."

General interest

Nicknames
Survivor (Facebook profile, 03 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Before I go to competitions, my dad used to tell me, 'I know you're strong. You were stronger before, and you are stronger now. Even without two legs, you are still strong. Let that be in your head, and bring me something good'. It's a really great motivation for me." (NPC Ghana YouTube channel, 06 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for Ghana for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (National Paralympic Committee of Ghana Facebook page, 13 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To become world champion. (Facebook page, 13 Aug 2021)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated as the result of a gunshot wound sustained while he was working as a palace guard. (National Paralympic Committee of Ghana Facebook page, 13 Aug 2021; National Sports Center for the Disabled Facebook page, 09 Jun 2018)
Other information
AFRICAN PARALYMPIC COVERAGE
In 2021 he spoke about the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] providing free-to-air coverage of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo to 49 sub-Saharan African territories. The initiative is part of the AT2030 programme's Para Sport Against Stigma project. "During the [2020] Olympics I saw some of my least athletic friends post and share highlights and commentary about the Games. This was not only about the sport but also the different discussions surrounding the Games. I thought it was interesting how trending topics and visibility can cause people to talk about things that they would otherwise overlook. So, for me broadcasting the Games and its highlights is an opportunity to make Para sports trend enough for people to talk about it and this will help fight disability stigma here in Ghana and Africa. I think broadcasting the Games and coverage can help raise awareness of Para sports and help Para athletes to tell our stories and showcase our achievements." (lboro.ac.uk, 17 Aug 2021)