Ampe is an indigenous Ghanaian game played mostly by school children. This was the perception until research on Ampe was conducted at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The research revealed that Ampe is good for individuals of all ages and it has positive health benefits on the human body. This research showed how Ampe helped reduce blood pressure, body weight, BMI, heart rate, balance, and coordination. The Physiotherapy and Sports Science spearheaded this research, and they decided not to let these findings rest on a paper, but to implement it starting from the university campus. The first time Ampe Exposition was then organized at the KNUST campus based on the above research. It was a two-day Exposition, the first day was float and a report on it has been published (AMPE EXPOSITION 17TH JUNE REPORT).
The D-day for the Ampe Expo competition was finally here – June 18, 2021. Students, senior lecturers, lecturers, senior staff, and most of the working staff of the university filled the Paa Joe Sports Stadium. The competition began at 1300hrs. The rules announced were as follows:
The competition started among the university staff present. The enthusiasm they played with and the joy after playing, graced the competition with a wonderful start. There were all-female teams, all-male teams, and teams predominately made up of either males or females. The teams were labeled 1a & 1b to 8a & 8b, summing up to 16 different teams and 9 matches to be played. Each match was officiated by one officiating official. All the matches started simultaneously but in different areas of the stadium. The teams played against each other until one team wins three games out of five to qualify for the next stage of the competition. There was a 10 minutes break after every match before the winning team moves to the next stage.
The round of 16 ampe matches begun with excitement as students and officials flocked to their matches of interest, particularly, a match of an all-male team paired against an all-female team. The students showcased their ampe skills as they played. Some of these skills were rotations, leg sweeps, exaggerated motions, and others. Surprisingly, some of the male competitors pulled off skills of their own to the admiration of both students and staff. Two winners of the round of 16 were all-male teams. The whole stadium was filled with cheers, applause, and laughter. Indeed Ampe really does bring people together and relieve them of stress accordingly.
The final match of the Ampe competition was filled with passion and spirit, one could literally feel the tension in the atmosphere. Unsurprisingly, the final match was the most intense ampe game you would ever witness.
The final was between an all-female team (Team 6a) and a mixed team of three females and two males (Team 4b), led by a male captain. The mixed-gender team (Team 4b) eventually emerged as the winners of the finals by winning three sets of games to one.
The 2nd runner-up team received bronze medals and the 1st runner-up team received silver medals. The winners of the first Ampe Competition edition received gold medals together with customized stickers.
The head of the Physiotherapy and Sports Science Department and the leader of the modern Ampe research, Moses, Monday Omoniyi (Ph.D.), gave his closing remarks. Unsurprisingly, the most experienced Exercise Physiologist stressed the health benefits of Ampe and a detailed explanation of the positive impacts of playing ampe on the human body. This Exposition generally sought to promote an increase in physical activities and an increase in the participation of indigenous games that involve total bodily movement like Ampe. We can exercise and enjoy ourselves just like want happened at the first-ever Ampe Exposition for a healthy mind and body.