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Azure Elizabeth The Uncelebrated Ghanaian Female Hero

Azure Elizabeth is a semi – professional female Ghanaian athlete. Azure started her primary education at Tempane primary but her sporting career begun from Garu-Tempane District. During the inter-district selection to Accra for Milo Marathon, She placed 14th position but her talents and potentials were spotted by Mr. Boinde Boniface popularly known as Coach Boniface and with the concerns from the parents she was adopted by him to manage her education and sports. She was brought to Navrongo. She started schooling and training there in the year 2010. Azure Elizabeth joined the High Morale Sports Club. She became the Upper East overall best athlete in the year 2015.

She was the only athlete in the year 2015 to win a gold medal in the opening ceremony competition for Wa, Upper East Region.  Azure Elizabeth The Uncelebrated Ghanaian Female Hero

Below are some of her personal best times in the National Circuit Championship and Open Championships:

  • 1500m 4:32 seconds
  • 5000m 16:52 seconds
  • 10000m 35:29 seconds
  • 21km 01:15 minutes
  • 42km    02:47 minutes


Competition Distance Time Position Location/Year
Accra International Marathon 21km 01:36 minutes 1st Accra, 2014
Milo Marathon 42km   4th Accra, 2015
Milo Marathon 42km 02:47 minutes 1st Accra, 2016
Millennium Half Marathon 21km 01:22 minutes 2nd Accra, 2016
Millennium Half Marathon 21km 01:20 minutes 1st Accra, 2017
Millennium Half Marathon 21km 01:19 minutes 1st Accra, 2018
Millennium Half Marathon 21km 01:18 minutes 1st Accra, 2019
Kumasi Marathon 21km 01:15 minutes 1st Kumasi, 2019
King of the Mountain     1st Aburi, 2018
Akropong Marathon 42km   1st Akropong, 2019
Abidjan Marathon 42km   1st Abidjan, 2017
Abidjan Marathon 42km   2nd Abidjan, 2018


Azure Elizabeth was taken to Kenya for a seminar /workshop on women in steeplechase.  She placed 3rd in 3000m steeplechase among other countries top athletes.

She was 1st in 3000m steeple chase with a time of 10:28 at Tamale Sports Stadium during the Circuit Championship. Azure’s time helped her qualification time in the all the African Games but unfortunately she was dropped for unknown reason. Why was Azure dropped out?

Due to her athletic performance, she was given a sports scholarship at University of Development Studies (UDS) to study Development of Education.  Azure Elizabeth did the impossible when she was at University of Development Studies (UDS), she won all the middle and long distance races and cross country competitions during Ghana Universities of Sports Association (GUSA) Games.

Ghana Universities of Sports Association (GUSA) Games
Distance Time Position
5000m 17:10 seconds 1st
1500m 04:32 seconds 1st



International University Sports Federation (FISU)
Distance Time Position
5000m 17:00 seconds 1st
10000m 35:30 seconds 1st


International University Sports federation (FISU), Ethiopia.
Distance Time Position
5000m 17:124 seconds 1st
10000m 36:05 seconds 2nd


Azure Elizabeth is now serving in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and still an active athlete in sporting competitions.

Article supported by Coach Boniface Boinde

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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