From rape and torture to fame and freedom: Meet Ghanaian female runner making it big in America

From rape and torture to fame and freedom: Meet Ghanaian female runner making it big in America

Amanda Agana is a 21-year-old lady who fled the shores of Ghana to start a new life in the US. It was not about the bad economy. She could not endure three solid years of rape and torture!

This young Ghanaians lady has scars all over her legs and arms, deep scars which show how bruised and abused her body and soul has been after years of being treated like a slave in the Northern Region.

From the chains of rape and torture to the stage of fame and freedon: Meet Ghanaian female runner making it big in America

Amanda Agana with some of her colleagues at U.S. Naval Academy (Photo credit:Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

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It all started at the age of 8 when Amanda was separated from her father to go stay with an aunt after the passing of her mother. "I wanted a mother, but she wanted a servant," Amanda recalled.

These were painful times for her - a young girl of eight years working day and night to support the family of a married woman. What was more troubling is the part of her story which narrates how she had to climb

tall trees just to pluch some branches and soak them as canes for the night's lashes.

“She kept telling me that it’s what I deserved because I had killed my mom. She said this is how you repent in the eyes of God — by serving other people,” Agana recalls. “So I thought it was fair, like I deserved to suffer because I took that light away from people.”

In all this pain and neglect, Amanda Agana was praying that one day she will be free of all this sorrow. Being a young child whose mother died mysteriously, Amanda had life staring her at the face. But where was here dad in all of this?

From the chains of rape and torture to the stage of fame and freedon: Meet Ghanaian female runner making it big in America

2007 Photo of Amanda (on the left) with her sister and new mum (Photo: Washington Post)

Well, her dad, was through it all with his daughter. He was the daughter of some 10 other children, the economy was terrible and he still had to put things together to save his family.

“I wasn’t always around all the time. I had to work. I had a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders,” John Agama revealed to the Washington Post in the USA. According to John, he sought the consent of his daughter before sending her to the aunt he thought would treat her like a daughter.
“I asked Amanda and said, ‘I don’t know this auntie really well. Do you want to go?’ ” he recalled. “She said yes. I don’t think we knew what it would be like.” - He narrated to the Washington Post.

But in all this pain and sorrow, the dream of Amanda Agana to become a world athlete never waned. Call it a divine connection, Amanda's father -in a quest to find the best motherly figure for his daughter ended up meeting destiny.

Things changed for the best when John Agana, father to Amanda, found himself a new bride. She was a white lady! "He had this blue-eyed, pineapple-color-haired white woman who was just happy as can be and saying she’s going to be my new mom,” she tearfully recounted to the Washington Post.

From the chains of rape and torture to the stage of fame and freedon: Meet Ghanaian female runner making it big in America

From the chains of rape and torture to the stage of fame and freedon: Meet Ghanaian female runner making it big in America

Carol Meadows was a nurse practitioner and an instructor at the University of Arkansas. She’d bought some African goods from John online and the two struck up a friendship. Soon Carol found herself in a small African village, eager to meet John’s daughter.

Amanda resisted Carol at first. She didn’t trust her, and the language barrier certainly didn’t help. Still, Carol was struck by something in the young girl. - The Washington post narrated.

Amanda's life had already changed with a new mother showing her the love she so deserved. But destiny smiled at her when in April 2008, both dad and new mum decided to take Amanda away. They were relocating to Fayetteville, Ark in the United States.

To cut the whole story short, Amanda had the divine opportunity to go to school abroad and it was during her studies there that she dared to be the runner she is celebrated of being. The choice to become a runner is believed to be linked with her quest for freedom and the haunting horrors of the past as a young and naive 8-year-old.

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Let's face it, the story of young Amanda Agana is a shocking reality happening in many homes across Ghana. It is just that these stories and realities are not being heard of on radio and television.

Even though Ghana has strict laws against child exploitation and defilement, their efficiency are not really felt by homes and families.

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With a young woman as Amanda doing so well with her talents in the US, it is very right to say Ghana's family systems and weak child protection systems, caused the country such a wild talent that could have been winning us gold medals at the Commonwealth Games.

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