By 7 o’clock, on the morning of February 27th, 2016, the finest of cars in Accra had already been parked at the premises of Christ the King Church, by their owners – arguably the finest gentlemen in the land. The event? Perscoba’s much touted Health Walk.
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After multiple high-fives and chants of ‘Tsooboe’ to invoke the much needed vim, the walk began amidst much enthusiasm.
Much like the Order of Merit, St. Peter’s’ honour roll system, the horde soon began to restructure. Before one could shout ‘SOLUTION’, the overzealous brethren had carved up a premature lead for themselves, forgetting that this was more of a long distance run than a 100m dash.
The more strategic and experienced of us chose to pace carefully while discussing quantum mechanics and recent advancements in rocket science in the belly of the troupe. While we plodded on, those who desperately needed to catch their breaths pretended to discuss Business and Financial Times at the rear but we all knew what they were up to, Busted!
The mild walking exercise was not exactly as arduous as the cadet endurance sessions up and the Kwahu Mountains but it was no walk in the park either.
By the time the group came past Sankara, some had realised they had bitten more than they could chew but the Nkwatia-bred perseverance spurred them on, Labone was just a while away.
Thankfully the ambulance remained a mere precautionary measure (only God knows how these Accra Aca people would have made fun us).
When the return journey was done and the party was back at CTK a few hours later, none of the 200 strong registered in the beginning was counted missing. Maybe it was because of the unavailability of taxis on the chosen route that day or maybe it was sheer gravitas and impetus but what we know is that while we walked, not one ran away.
What we start together, we finish together – that’s Perscoba spirit and so this year’s is going to be even bigger. ‘Ekiki Mi’ Health-walk is what we’ve christened it so you can imagine. Those Perscoba whose stamina was spent before aerobics time last year, our sources can confirm, are coming back with a big bang this year while others have sworn to settle old time bets and dares with record times akin to that of the Haile Gebrselassies.