2019 All Africa Games: Morocco stages spectacular opening ceremony

Morocco has left the world in awe after putting up a striking show at the opening ceremony of the 12th edition of the All Africa Games in Rabat.

The opening ceremony was presided at by Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco at the Moulay Abdellah stadium this Monday 19th August 2019.

Among the many guests who attended the opening ceremony was Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi and the President of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee, Kalkaba Malboum.

All 54 countries participating at this year’s parade thousands of spectators admired the different cultural attires which highlighted Africa’s diversity.

Rabat 2019

Cameroon’s athletes coaches and technical staff stood in the Sawa cultural regalia, the kaba ngondo and the Sanja as they all match past.

The athletes present in Morocco took the oath of fair play while and a games official from Ghana took the oath of impartiality and fairness for the games.

Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco welcomed all the athletes to Morocco and declared the games open.

The opening ceremony show

Lights and virtual elements were the highlight of the opening ceremony choreography put up by Morocco.

Many who witnessed the event said it was of Olympic standard.

The choreography was blended with African culture celebrating the continent.

The show divided into ten parts was in honour of the Moroccan people and their history and African unity and culture.

The show, which formed the main body of the opening Ceremony, included a recreation of Rabat’s Hassan Tower constructed in the middle of the arena, lit in various styles and with a series of videos during the performances.

Notable moments in the show celebrating Morocco’s geography, art and culture included a flock of electronic drones with blue lights flown over the Stadium in the shape of a giant bird, and a parade of giant oranges, celebrating the country’s most famous fruit.

The show ended with a celebration of King Mohammed VI of Morocco’s 20 anniversary as the nation’s sovereign, and who also has his 56th birthday coming up.

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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