Kwami Sefa Kayi In Historic Olympic Torch Relay
7/17/2012 1:30:30 AM -
Throughout the working life of Kwami Sefa Kayi, host of Peace FM breakfast show, Kokrokoo, no event or activity has overwhelmed him than his recent participation in the 2012 Olympic torch relay in London, the United Kingdom (UK).
Kwame, the ace broadcaster, was the only Ghanaian among the world’s seven billion personalities who were selected to constitute the 8,000-member relay team. The relay was held on July 1, 2012.
The event, a prelude to the 2012 London Olympics, was beamed live on BBC television world-wide.
Kwami, in a chat with The Mirror at the Tesano studio of Peace FM in Accra said, “ the feeling was great and the excitement overwhelming. Its a feeling that needs to be experienced.”
According to Kwami, his inclusion in the Olympic relay team was something he had never in his wildest dream thought about. 'I always saw this in the distance but for me, a first-time participant in the relay, it was amazing.”
Explaining how he became part of the 8,000 strong team, Kwami, affectionately called the Chairman General, said about nine months ago he had a phone call from Samsung Ghana, one of the sponsors of the London Olympics and was informed that the company wanted him to be one of the torchbearers of the Olympic relay team and so his consent was being sought.
According to Kwame, he did not hesitate at all and grabbed the opportunity with both hands. After the initial contact by Samsung Ghana and his subsequent expression of interest, he was warned not to make the news public until the nitty-gritty of the deal had been cleared. â€ˆ
Later on, a lot of processes were set in motion where Kwami sent his pictures, profile and other relevant documents to the organisers, while the organisers checked his background.
Three months before the event, he was again informed that the organisers were still considering him for a place in the relay team. Later his selection to participate was confirmed.
According to Kwami, as the day of the event got closer, he emplaned to the United Kingdom on June 28, 2012 to participate in the relay on July 1. His portion of the relay stretch, comprising 19 other participants in his team, was at Keniworth in Conventry, where he did the 300 metres lap.
Kwami’s group included celebrities such as 1996 Olympic Gold medallist, Nwakwo Kanu of Nigeria and others from England, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal.
The ace broadcaster’s experiences in Conventry were varied and he realised that “ there is a bigger world out there, a very big stage, where things are done properly and on time”.
Kwami joined Peace FM in September, 2000 from Radio Gold where he started his career and has never regretted taking that decision. Kwami relishes the power of radio and the wide listenership his programme enjoys and the SMS text messages used as a means of participation by other sectors of society.
The eloquent radio show host maintains that private radio is just about 17 years in Ghana and “if it were human we would still consider it to be in the adolescent stage. So it comes with its own challenges. I also think, regardless of the flaws, radio has performed creditably. We hope with time things will get better.”
He explained that “as we progress and develop the content of radio we will need to make conscious efforts and raise the bar, else listeners will take us on. Radio hosts, radio owners and presenters; we all need to broaden our horizon by reading about our jobs and how others made it.”
During the interview, Kwami sounded religious and about his Christian faith he said, “I am not the Bible thumping, tongue-speaking type of Christian. I was born into a Christian home and trained with strict and regimented Presbyterian doctrines so you grow with it. I have grown up to believe in divine intervention in my life.”
Kwami was born on June 20, 1970 to an army officer, the late Colonel Albert Okai and Mrs Akosua Safoa Okai, a former broadcaster and actress, who had worked with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) for 14 years. He is the first of three children and was raised up in Burma Camp, Accra and the Airport Residential Area.
He started school at the Garrison Primary in Burma Camp and continued to the Okuapeman Senior High School at Akropong-Akwapim between 1982 and 1987. He had his Sixth Form education at the Accra Workers College and served his National Service in the Savelugu Nanton District.
While working in the media, he undertook several courses in Advertising and Marketing, Public Relations and Communications at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He has also undertaken a number of courses to sharpen his skills.
Last year, Kwami and 17 others were invited to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Programme by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs between March 21 and April 8, 2011. The course was mainly on the new media: Twitters, Facebook, U-tube, among others.
Apart from radio business, Kwami also presents stage shows for corporate and social events and he is the brand icon for Unilever’s Omo.
Kwami has been married for nine years to Awura Adwoa aka Raj, a member of staff of MTN Ghana’s Sales and Marketing Department. He has four children: Fafa, 13, Mawutor, eight, Seyeram six, and Sena, two.
Kwami enjoys playing tennis and he is a member of the Sakumono Tennis Club. He worships at the Sakumono Presby Church of Hope.
Chicken light soup is his favourite and he also enjoys apem and kontomire stew.
The Chairman General of the airwaves speaks English, Ga, Ewe and the various Akan dialects (Fante, Akwapim, Akyem and Asante Twi.)