The strange story of how D.K. Poison loaned money to Ghana but was never paid back

The strange story of how D.K. Poison loaned money to Ghana but was never paid back

The story is told of Ghana's first ever world boxing champion, David Kotei, also known as D.K. Poison and how his alleged $45,000 loan to the government in 1976 was never paid back to him.

In 1975, David Kotei, famously referred to as D.K. Poison, became Ghana's first ever world boxing champion after beating Mexican Ruben Olivares, and following the pomp and payment that followed his victory, Poison is said to have loaned some money to the then government.

From the mid 70's right up to the mid 80's, poor rainfall and bad economic planning put Ghana in a bad place; hunger was everywhere and the military and civilian governments struggled to hold the fort.

Information available to has it that after his victory, D.K. Poison became the richest sportsman the country had ever known at the point.

And like the patriot he was, D.K. Poison loaned to the military National Redemption Council (NRC) government $45,000 to import foods for the country.

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D.K. Poison was given a house by the government at Teshie-Nungua Estates, a suburb of Accra, in celebration of his boxing feat.

To our understanding, his help for the government was in no way a quid pro quo arrangement involving the house he was awarded.

In 2019, Poison will turn 69, but his loan, an amount that is now about $200,000 (or about GHC 1 million) in value after 43 years, is yet to be paid to him. Successive governments have only paid lip service to the matter.

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And it is not for a lack of trying that Poison has not gotten his money. Every now and then, he is called by some sports pundit or administrator to be praised for opening the floodgates for the likes of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Joshua Clottey.

Yet, that which is owed to him, not because he was promised, but because it was borrowed from him, is yet to be given to him. What a way to honour a hero.

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