In a groundbreaking move, this year’s Odwira 2023 Man Ghana Bodybuilding Championship, an annual extravaganza hosted by the Ghana Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (GBFA), is set to unfold outside the confines of Accra for the very first time.
On September 29th, the picturesque town of Akropong in the Eastern Region will play host to this fiercely contested event, where athletes vie for the title of the country’s top bodybuilder, as well as accolades in the female Bikini and men’s physique categories.
This significant shift in venue to the Odwira Village located at the Akropong School of the Blind is a testament to the collaborative spirit between GBFA, the Odwira festival organizers, and Fitnation.
Speaking at the event’s launch in Accra, George Fausta Baffoe, Vice President of GBFA, shared that over 30 dedicated bodybuilders are anticipated to compete for an array of coveted prizes including trophies, medals, cash awards, professional cards, and the prestigious opportunity to join the national bodybuilding team, known as the Black Muscles.
The competition will feature a diverse range of categories, encompassing Men’s Light Weight Bodybuilding, Men’s Middle Weight Bodybuilding, Men’s Heavyweight Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique above 176cm, Men’s Physique below 176cm, and Female Physique. Additionally, a captivating Strongman contest will precede the main event, culminating in the crowning of a Mr. Odwira.
President of the GFA, Abdul Hayye Yartey, further emphasized that the selected members of the Black Muscles will gain the honour of representing Ghana at the World Bodybuilding Championship slated for November in Spain, as well as the 2024 African Championship.
Eric Amoako Twum, CEO of Fitnation, expressed optimism regarding the impact of the partnership between GBFA and the Odwira festival, foreseeing a positive shift in perceptions and stereotypes surrounding bodybuilders in Ghana.
“This partnership provides an opportunity to change the narrative around bodybuilders to a focus about the discipline, attention to detail and nutrition required to attain such a physique. A fit and healthy nation is key to development,” Mr. Twum asserted.
As the date approaches, excitement is palpable in Akropong, where history is poised to be made in the world of Ghanaian bodybuilding. The event promises to be a celebration of dedication, discipline, and the pursuit of excellence in the realm of physical fitness.
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