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Akua Nyame-Mensah was a Growth and Structure of Cities major and three season D III athlete at Bryn Mawr College. While at BMC Akua was co-captain of the varsity soccer, indoor/outdoor track team and vice-president of the BMC Athletic Association. She currently has a slight injury that is similar to Michael Essien's issues with his meniscus in the same left knee. In addition to sports, Akua has a strong interest in new/social media, planning and development. This summer, she will be a 2010 FIFA World Cup Volunteer based out of Johannesburg.

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The Most High Tech World Cup. Ever.
The Most High Tech World Cup. Ever.

During the Knock Out Phase of the cup I had the opportunity to visit restricted parts of Soccer City. The tour began in the Stadium’s Media Center and ended in a broadcasting set in the Cup’s International Broadcasting Center. The Media Center had computers for journalists and included a McCafe. Though we were not allowed [...]

1 Star Outshines 50: History Repeats Itself.
1 Star Outshines 50: History Repeats Itself.

Kingston and the Black Star Defenders should have been the men of the match as they stopped all advances by the American team. The goal awarded to the U.S from the penalty kick was unfortunately unavoidable.

South Africa Celebrating
South Africa Celebrating

Sights and sounds of fans celebrating all around South Africa.

Standing Outside: Writing Challenges
Standing Outside: Writing Challenges

Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina speaks about the challenges of overcoming the fear of ‘rocking the boat’ through writing.

Conversations from Lagos
Conversations from Lagos

Authors Binyavanga Wainaina & Chimamanda Adichie discuss the rapid increase in nationalism during football tournaments and then the impact of technology on relationships.

People’s Game in Ghana
People's Game in Ghana

Ghana has made it through the first round! Footage of Ghanaians arriving in South Africa and of the Black Star’s win against Serbia

My First Black Stars Game at the World Cup
My First Black Stars Game at the World Cup

Boateng vs Boateng. Both bothers went to sleep late last night happy as their respective teams made it to the second round of the 2010 World Cup.

Eto’o at Loftus Stadium
Eto'o at Loftus Stadium

Left. Left. Straight. Those were the directions that a parking attendant at the Loftus stadium told the car I was in, on the way to the Cameroon vs Denmark game. Those directions were incorrect and as a result our we missed the first goal of Match 26.

Working 8 to 8
Working 8 to 8

Day 17: Working 8 to 8

Week 2 in Review: 11 Days to Go
Week 2 in Review: 11 Days to Go

Day 7 -13: Busy Busy Busy

I <3 Bafana Bafana
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Day 7 – Bafana Bafana Fever

Soweto * 2
 Soweto * 2

Day 5 – Soweto * 2

Extremes – Show ‘Em. Show ‘Em.
Extremes - Show ‘Em. Show ‘Em.

Day 4 – Extremes – Show ‘Em. Show ‘Em.

Hit the Ground Running
Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running – Day 2

Schoolin’ & Clubin’
Schoolin’ & Clubin’

Day 3 – Schoolin’ & Clubin’

Just Arrived in Jo’Burg
Just Arrived in Jo'Burg

Day 1 -Just Arrived in Jo’Burg

Can the World Cup Trump All Boundaries?
Can the World Cup Trump All Boundaries?

A Muslim Cleric plans to ban showings of the World Cup in Northern Kenya.

Nigeria going to FIFA’s Hope Festival 2010 – Football for Social Change
Nigeria going to FIFA's Hope Festival 2010 - Football for Social Change

Unlike the FIFA World Cup the Hope Festival games will have no referees. Disputes will be handled by teams together through dialogue.

WWDD – What Would Drogba Do if Cote D’Ivoire Won the 2010 Cup?
WWDD - What Would Drogba Do if Cote D'Ivoire Won the 2010 Cup?

What Would Drogba Do if Cote D’Ivoire Won the 2010 Cup?

African Footballers Star in Sexy World Cup Photoshoot – Selling Football to the Masses
African Footballers Star in Sexy World Cup Photoshoot - Selling Football to the Masses

“FIFA needs to make this the mandatory ball playing gear. They would sell out on tickets in less than 2 days” – Anonymous

Football’s ability to unite – Could you Imagine a Free World Cup?
Football’s ability to unite - Could you Imagine a Free World Cup?

While South Africans and other nationals around the world are struggling to pay for expensive FIFA World Cup tickets, Gaza is currently hosting its own Football World Cup. All the matches are free and any donations given by spectators are used to support youth sports and conflict resolution in the Gaza area.

Ivorian Footballer Drogba named one of 2010 Time 100 Heroes
Ivorian Footballer Drogba named one of 2010 Time 100 Heroes

Didier Drogba is powerful both on and off the pitch according to a recent article in Time Magazine.