Over to you, Joe Lartey: Photos and story of veteran broadcaster go viral

Over to you, Joe Lartey: Photos and story of veteran broadcaster go viral

Generations of Ghanaians have come to know the broadcasting genius that is Joachim Awuley Lartey, and now, photos that have gone viral on social media show that at 92, the legend is still going.

Joe Lartey as he was popularly known, became Ghana's most trusted sports broadcaster. For about three decades, his name followed the iconic phrase "Over to you" on state-owned Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

Indeed, the phrase till this day is used by Ghanaians with Joe Lartey in mind. It is common to hear Ghanaians say "Over to you, Joe Lartey", when they are speaking with someone.

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Recently, sports journalist Saddick Adams paid a visit to Joe Lartey and unsurprisingly, the photos that made their way to social media went viral. People still remember the ace broadcaster.

Adams captioned his photos o Facebook: "....This man has covered some of the most historic events in this country's journey from Gold Coast to Ghana.

From the Queen's first Visit to Ghana, to commissioning of Akosombo Dam, to the grand opening of the Tema Habour, to covering the 1966 Coup and breaking the news of Nkrumah's death.

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Undoubtedly the greatest sports commentator of our time, who reported on the Black Star 5-0 thrashing of Nigeria in 1961, and 3-3 draw vs Real Madrid in 1962. Chief commentator of Ghana's first African Cup win in 1963, the second in 1965 plus over a century of matches.

...If you've ever heard, "Over to you Joe Lartey", this is Mr and Mrs Joe Lartey."

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Lartey joined GBC in 1961 following a recommendation from an old mate from the Accra Academy, Boso Kpohonu, who was the Head of Research at GBC.

He spent two years at the Talks and Features Department before being sent to the Sports Department.

What was meant to be a temporary stint with the sports desk in 1963 turned out to be what Joe Lartey would be known for ever since.

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