SWAG leadership visits late president Joe Lartey’s family to commiserate with them


Title: A Visit of Condolence: SWAG Pays Respects to Joe Lartey’s Family

On a somber Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2024, a delegation from the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) arrived at the residence of the late Joe Lartey, a renowned sports journalist, icon and SWAG first president. The visit was a gesture of solidarity and commiseration with the bereaved family, following Joe’s untimely passing.

Led by their President, Mr. Kwabena Yeboah and patron Gifty Anna Myers, the SWAG delegation was received by Joe Lartey’s family and their children. The atmosphere was heavy with grief, but the warmth and appreciation from the family were palpable as they welcomed the visitors which included Vice President Evelyn Nsiah Asare, Secretary General Charles Osei Asibey, Exco member Ohene Bampoe Brenyah and Kofi Asare Brako aka Abatay.

Mr. Yeboah, on behalf of SWAG, expressed heartfelt condolences to the family, eulogizing Joe as a pioneer, mentor, and friend to many in the sports journalism fraternity. He shared fond memories of Joe’s dedication, passion, and contributions to the growth of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana and sports development in Ghana.

The delegation paid tribute and signed a condolence book sharing their thoughts, memories, and tributes to Joe’s legacy. SWAG also offered support and assistance during this difficult period.

Joe Lartey Jr, visibly emotional, thanked SWAG for their kindness and thoughtfulness. He spoke of Joe’s love for his work and his family, and how his legacy would continue to inspire future generations.

As the visit came to a close, the SWAG delegation joined the family in a moment of silence, paying respects to a departed colleague, friend, and legend in Ghanaian sports journalism. The visit was a testament to the bond and camaraderie that exists among sports professionals and a reminder that, even in sorrow, the sports family stands together.

Joe Lartey was the first president of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG). He played a pivotal role in the establishment and early development of SWAG. Lartey was a revered figure in Ghanaian sports journalism. His contributions to the field of sports writing, commentating and journalism have left a lasting impact on the industry.

Joe Lartey, a Ghanaian commentator and journalist, passed away on April 26, 2024, at the age of 97. He worked with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation from 1961 to 1973 and 1990, and with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria between 1978 and 1990. Lartey was ranked amongst the top five African football commentators by Goal, an international association football news website.

Source : www.swagghana.com


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