Six finalists have emerged to represent Team Ghana in the Pan-African competition of the Maltavator Challenge Season 2, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in February this year.
The team will be led by 24-year-old level 300 student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Solomon Baba Akumba, came out tops in the Ghana finals of the competition held at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra.
Akumba beat 39 other contestants who were selected from the four recruitment zones last November.
40 contestants were recruited to participate in the finale after a tour of four cities; Accra, Takoradi, Kumasi and Tamale where 10 contestants each made the cut.
For his prize, Akumba received a cash prize of GHC 5,000, while Samuel Osei Mensah, Emmanuel Gyeta, took GHC 3,000 and GHC 2,000 for placing second and third respectively.
Daniel Abotsi, Richard Kuevorve and Precious Appiah each received GHC 1,000 after placing 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.
The six finalists were also awarded with souvenirs from Malta Guinness and smart watches from Garmin Sports.
The 40 contestants were taken through some physical obstacle courses and intellectual tasks where the six finalists eventually emerged.
The course included obstacles such as weave run through cones, high-knee runs through tyres, scrambler or low crawls, hurdles, human maze, tyre flips, balance run on a log, archery, monkey bars and box jumps.
Brand Manager of Malta Guinness, Roland Ofori, was full of excitement about the passion and the high level of competitiveness from the contenders who came from across the 10 regions in Ghana.
Akumba, in an interview, said he was delighted with his win and was looking forward to conquering Africa.
According to him, he was not going to get complacent in his training as he readies himself for the contest in South Africa.