Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe is a para-athlete and unarguably the best and most experienced para-athlete in Ghana. He doubles as the best para-athlete in Africa as well.
Representing Ghana at the 2020 Paralympic Games, he looks forward to winning his first-ever Paralympic medal on an international stage. An honor he has been after for the past three paralympic games.
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In 2019, Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe became the first Ghanaian to qualify for the world paralympic event after his win in the T54 World Wheelchair 100m race.
T54 is a disability sport classification for differently-abled games in the track and jump events. The class incorporates individuals with spinal cord injuries who contend using a wheelchair in track events. They have paraplegia however have ordinary hand and arm capacity, typical or restricted trunk work, and no leg work.
During an interview with BBC Africa, he said, “when I am on the track, and I hear the starter pistol. I feel like I am carrying the hopes of almost five million disabled Ghanaians”.
Not only does he excite in such a privilege, but also he is motivated by the fact that he is the hero of people with disabilities. “I am their hero, the one they are looking up to.”
People of his caliber have defied the odds and are clearing the misconception that “disable people were limited in their abilities looking at their condition.”
Nevertheless, going beyond the reach of the borders of Ghana and sitting on top of the Para-Athlete Chart of Africa is not just any mere achievement but a commendable one. And for the record, he settles at the sixth position in the global ranks of para-athletes.
These are the times as a nation and a people; we should be rallying our endless prayers and support behind him as he looks to bag Ghana’s ever first Paralympic Medal.