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Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako

Kingsley Antwi-Boasiako is a first year Ph.D student in Mass Communication at the school of Media Arts and Studies in Ohio University.
His research interest is in representations in the media with a focus on how Africa is presented in and by the Western media Antwi-Boasiako joined the program after he completed his 2 year masters in International Affairs (African Studies) here in Ohio University.
As a journalist with over 10 years of experience in Ghana, Kingsley worked in both TV and radio stations and wrote a couple of articles for New African Magazine based in London.
He founded the Kingsboy Cosult in 2007 and consulted for a number of institutions and organizations for their publicity needs in Ghana as the country prepared to host the African Cup in 2008.
He loves to play soccer and enjoys intellectual discussions aimed at impacting positively on society.

Abstract

African obsession with European Soccer: Globalization or Imperialism?

That soccer, popularly known as football in most places in Africa originated from Europe is unquestionable. Over the years however, the environment within which football dwells has been adopted, owned and shared by lots of African countries making the game a significant cultural phenomenon in most African spaces. Consequently, Africa, the second largest continent with over 54 countries has carved some clout for itself and has earned the right to be seen as a partner in one of the popular games of the world. A recent trend of the over obsession with European Football by most football fans in certain African countries has however become an issue of great concern.

In this paper I argue that in as much as Africans have the right to support the preferred European football teams, the trend is having a negative impact on the quality of football and its administration on the continent. As a case study, I will use instances in Ghana where most active football fans are identified with a particular European team or the other and follow the progress or otherwise of these teams over a period of time. A number of these African fans are willing to purchase a certain type of paraphernalia by these European clubs as a way of demonstrating the extent of their support. This paper refers to this as a new form of imperialism through sports where the African “self” is unconsciously made to glorify the sports cultural aspect of the Western “other” as being of great quality while loathing that of the local football in most places in Africa.

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James Anderson
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