From hawking toffees to Tagoe's Kitchen: Meet the chief chef at Accra Sports Stadium

From hawking toffees to Tagoe's Kitchen: Meet the chief chef at Accra Sports Stadium

  • Nii Akramah Tagoe is the manager and chief chef at Accra Sports Stadium
  • He runs a catering service under the label Tagoe's Kitchen
  • The 48-year-old's inspirational grass to glory story has been highlighted on social media

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Nii Akramah Tagoe is the definition of a fighter and resilience. From hawking to running a local kitchen, his grass to glory story is one that inspires.

He hawked toffees, biscuits, and bagged water at an early age through the stands of the Accra Sports Stadium to earn a living in the 1980s.

Tagoe triumphed through the challenges and turned the lemons life offered him into lemonade.

From hawking toffees to Tagoe's Kitchen: Meet the chief chef at Accra Sports Stadium
From hawking toffees to Tagoe's Kitchen: Meet the chief chef at Accra Sports Stadium. Image: crabbimedia
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According to a post by John Vigar, Nii Akramah Tagoe now runs his catering service under the label Tagoe's Kitchen at the Accra Sports Stadium.

''It was a difficult journey for the then-teenager who normally came to the stadium as early as 11:am on match days, sometimes much earlier when the occasion involves sworn rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, and leaves after,'' his post read.

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Tagoe's underprivileged background meant that he had to learn to become an entrepreneur at a young age.

"The situation at home was quite tough and uncompromising and had to do this to support my parents with regard to my education," he recalled.

Despite the insults football fans rained on him occasionally for blocking their views during matches, he braved the situation at the time because he understood it was part of the game.

After years of hard work, dedication, and commitment to his routine, he was able to raise enough capital to open up a catering service at the Accra Stadium in 2008, serving both local and continental dishes.

Before then, Nii Tagoe gained admission to Accra Polytechnic (ATU), present-day Accra Technical University to pursue a Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) and completed in 2006.

His major breakthrough was in 2008 when Ghana hosted the African Cup of Nations.

Having established a comely level of camaraderie with a lengthy stream of footballers and other sportsmen and women since his hawking days in the 80s and 90s, Tagoe's Kitchen became the place of 'redemption' when his catering business gathered steam.

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Earlier, reported though Wonder Jodocus was born into a financially disadvantaged family, he refused to throw in the towel and has earned a degree from the University of Health and Allied Sciences.

After years of braving the odds, he graduated with a Bachelor of Public Health Nursing degree from the prestigious university in July 2019 and completed his mandatory national service at the Richard Novati Catholic Hospital (Comboni) at Sogakope in the Volta Region.

''I started and completed my mandatory national service this year from April 2020 to April 2021.''

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