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Nigeria secures second place behind Egypt at 13th African Games in Ghana

The 13th African Games held in Ghana concluded on Saturday, March 23, 2024, after 16 days of thrilling competitions across Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast. The closing ceremony, a spectacle to behold, left a lasting impression on all attendees.

The event reached its crescendo with a parade featuring flags from all participating countries, accompanied by the vibrant music of Nigerian hip-hop star Tiwa Savage. The electrifying beats resonated with the crowd, enhancing the celebratory atmosphere of the occasion.

Egypt, known for its dominance, clinched two more gold medals on the final day, amassing a total of 101 gold medals and reclaiming the top spot at the continental sports extravaganza.

Among the 54 countries in Africa, 53 were in attendance, with only Cape Verde absent from the 13th edition of the Games.

Medal Standings:

Egypt: 101 gold, 46 silver, 42 bronze (Total: 189 medals)
Nigeria: 47 gold, 33 silver, 40 bronze (Total: 120 medals)
South Africa: 32 gold, 32 silver, 42 bronze (Total: 106 medals)
Algeria: 29 gold, 38 silver, 47 bronze (Total: 114 medals)
Tunisia: 21 gold, 27 silver, 39 bronze (Total: 87 medals)
The Games commenced with a memorable opening ceremony at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium, showcasing Africa’s rich cultural heritage and sporting prowess. The event featured captivating displays of traditional dances, music, and artistic performances, with top Ghanaian and African musicians entertaining the crowd.

The ceremony epitomized the spirit of unity and friendship among participating nations, laying the foundation for an unforgettable sporting event that celebrated Africa’s diversity and excellence.

Despite the initial delay, Ghana successfully hosted a memorable championship, leaving a lasting legacy for future editions of the African Games.

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