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First black professional footballer, Arthur Wharton honoured by GUBA and FIFA

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GUBA CEO, Dentaa and FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Ghanaian entrepreneur, Dentaa joins FIFA to honour first black professional footballer, Arthur Wharton.

Founder of Ghana UK Based Achievement (Awards) – GUBA and one of FUTURE 100’s most influential women of 2011, Dentaa, helped to present the Arthur Wharton Marquette Statue to FIFA President Sepp Blatter. The Arthur Wharton Marquette Statue has now been displayed at the home of football’s world governing body, FIFA.

Legendary Arthur Wharton

The presentation to FIFA President Sepp Blatter took place at FIFA Headquarters in Zurich on Wednesday, June 6th 2012.

“It is an honour to be a part of this historical moment. To see Arthur Wharton being recognised, honoured, and celebrated at the highest level in football is wonderful news, and there’s no better way than to mark this occasion with an Arthur Wharton Marquette statue which will leave a lasting tribute to his legacy as the world’s first black professional footballer. I am truly humbled to present this award.” Dentaa said.

FIFA have also made a charitable donation which will help the Arthur Wharton

Foundation to continue to raise awareness of Arthur Wharton, his story and the need to embrace culture and diversity towards equality for all.

At the presentation with GUBA CEO, Dentaa; Founder of the Foundation, Shaun Campbell; FIFA President Sepp Blatter and FIFA Sec. Gen. Jerome Valcke

Arthur Wharton was born in Jamestown, a suburb of the West African country, Ghana. Born to a Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother, Arthur moved to England in 1882, to train as a Methodist missionary, but soon abandoned this to become a full-time athlete. Arthur became the world’s first black professional footballer.

About Ghana UK Based Achievement Awards (GUBA) – The GUBA Awards is a non-profit award celebrating the excellent achievements of Ghanaians living in Britain and acknowledging the valuable services of UK based organizations to Ghanaians in the UK or Ghana.  GUBA Awards is in its third year and aims at extending the awards to the wider African community in the UK. You can find out more about GUBA via the following links: www.gubaawards.co.uk;  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f_FdHBQj-Y



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