Azumah Nelson Receives Citation from Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, Paramount Chief of Akwamu Traditional Area
Boxing legend Azumah ‘Zoom Zoom’ Nelson was honored by the Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort in conjunction with Akwamuman (Akwamu State) for his patriotism, humility and generosity towards humanity.
In a colorful ceremony held September 24 at the hotel, Nelson received a citation from the Paramount Chief of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III.
Signed by the Founder and Executive Director of the Royal Senchi Hotel and Resort, Nana Kwame Yeboah-Afari, the citation recognized the three-time world champion’s admirable boxing career and for serving as a beacon of hope for Ghanaians for many years. .
He recognized Azumah’s long reign as a world title holder in two weight divisions (WBC Featherweight Champion and WBC Super Featherweight Champion), a member of the exclusive International Boxing Hall of Fame, as well as an inductee into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2020. .
Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III welcoming Azumah Nelson to the Bagyawe Palace in Akwamufie
“As an internationally acclaimed indigenous Ghanaian hotel, we would like to congratulate you for inspiring all management and staff to continue to strive for greatness and perfection in all that we do. We say AYEKOO to you for your patriotism, your humility and your generosity towards humanity. God bless you,” reads parts of the quote.
Tracing the Roots
In his acceptance speech, Nelson, 64, expressed his gratitude for the gesture and the great support given to him throughout his career. He spoke fondly of tracing his lineage back to the Akwamus and said he was very happy to have found his roots.
“I lost where I came from but from the story Odeneho told me today, I found where I came from,” he said.
Speaking to the media after the event, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III said the Royal Senchi Hotel and Akwamuman had jointly decided to honor the boxing icon for his successful boxing career and the way he projected Ghana in world boxing.
He added that even though Nelson was a Ga, they still recognized him as a son of Akwamu.
Odeneho Akoto III explained that at Otublohum in Ga Mashie where Azumah was from, there were Akwamus who settled there when Ga State came under the domain of Akwamu State after the Akwamuhene conquered gas in 1680.
For him, Nelson’s visit was therefore a spiritual return.
For his part, Nana Yeboah-Afari said the hotel saw fit to celebrate the ‘boxing teacher’ for his discipline and dedication throughout his illustrious career, virtues he found to be good examples. for hotel and service staff. industry.
Azumah Nelson and Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III (right) compete in a table tennis match at the Royal Senchi Hotel
Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Peggy Nelson, the boxing legend had earlier paid a courtesy visit to Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and his elders at Bogyawe Palace in Akwamufie.
He then launched the new Royal Senchi Golf Club and Sport Centers at Akwamu Senchi in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, after which he engaged in a round of golf with the Odeneho Akoto II and s is also engaged in tennis and table tennis matches.
The boxing icon plays tennis on the courts of the Royal Senchi Hotel