As the Black Stars of Ghana put together to face Brazil in a pre-World Cup pleasant match on
Friday, the dialog has centred on Ghana’s sporting relations with the South
American country. Specifically, the game has been billed “The Brazil of Africa vs the Real
Brazil.”

How the Black Stars came to be known as the “Brazil of Africa”
Picture Credit: Abrantie Kweku Sports

Ghana’s moniker is a tribute to the particular relationship that exists between these two sides, a
a relationship that was solidified in the Nineteen Sixties, when Brazil dominated world football and
Ghana dominated African football.

But even before football entered the fray, the destinies of both countries had at all times been
intertwined, a family bond solid by means of shared battle, courting again to the nineteenth century.

You see, Ghana is dwelling to multi-generational descendants of freed slaves from Brazil who
returned to the continent following the Malê riot of 1835. Those that settled in the
Gold Coast (now Ghana), arriving in Jamestown, Accra, had been led by Nii Azumah Nelson
(sounds acquainted?) and came to be known as the Tabom folks.

Through inter-marriage, they had been steadily absorbed into the native Ga tribe, however it was
their trade that basically endeared them to the locals. They launched new skills in
agriculture, structure, smithing, and carpentry that improved the high quality of life of the
community by which they settled.

Their declare to fame, although, was in cloth-making, the place they opened the first tailoring store
in the country, tasked, notably, with offering the then national military with uniforms.
In the latter commerce, an amazing son of the Tabom folks discovered his trade, found a ardour
and have become arguably Ghana’s best sportsman – Azumah Nelson.

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