Joachim Awuley Lartey

Joachim Awuley Lartey was a Ghanaian commentator and journalist.

Career Beginnings and Education

After a brief stint at Accra Academy, Lartey joined the British Royal Navy in Takoradi. Following his discharge in 1946, he embarked on a diverse career path, starting as a clerk at the Accra Town Council. Driven by a thirst for knowledge, Lartey pursued further education, obtaining qualifications from Wolsey Hall and Winneba Training College.

Broadcasting Journey

In 1961, Lartey transitioned to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), where his distinctive commentary style quickly garnered attention. He collaborated with fellow commentator Festus Addae, coining the iconic phrase "over to you, Joe Lartey." His tenure at GBC saw him excel in sports commentary while actively engaging in trade unionism.

Political and International Engagements

Lartey's career took him beyond borders, with a stint at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) from 1978 to 1990. Amidst political turmoil in Ghana, he became involved in the People's Movement for Freedom and Justice (PMFJ) before relocating to Lagos. Upon his return to Ghana in 1990, Lartey resumed his broadcasting career and contributed to sports development initiatives.

Honors and Legacy

Lartey's contributions to sports journalism were recognized both locally and internationally. He received accolades such as the "A Life in Sports" award from the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in 2022. Additionally, the "Over to You Radio and TV Sports Broadcast Excellence" award ceremony was named in his honor. His legacy extends beyond broadcasting, as he served as the first president of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) and taught presentation skills at the Accra Film School.


Joe Lartey passed away on April 26, 2024, at the age of 96, leaving behind a lasting impact on Ghanaian sports broadcasting and journalism.