Yvette Tetteh, a Ghanaian-British agribusiness entrepreneur, athlete, and activist, became the first person to swim across the Volta River from Buipe to Ada. With this accomplishment, she completed the longest documented swim in the history of Ghana, which was 450 kilometers long.
In order to pay tribute to Yvette and the outstanding accomplishments of the surrounding towns, the riverbanks became the route of a vibrant parade consisting of drummers and dancers.
Yvette, an athlete and environmental activist who is 30 years old, set out on this arduous journey as a participant in an expedition that was arranged by the Or Foundation.
Yvette, an athlete and environmental activist in her 30s, began this challenging trek as a participant in an expedition that was arranged by the Or Foundation.
The purpose of the expedition, which was accompanied by the research vessel “The Woman Who Does Not Fear,” was to do a complete study on the microfiber pollution caused by textile waste and raise awareness about the impact that waste colonization has on the ecosystems of the region.
Yvette Tetteh completes historic 450km swimming journey across Volta River
The large throng that had assembled in Ada to see the end of the journey responded positively and enthusiastically to Yvette’s incredible accomplishment.
In addition to showcasing the first-ever deployment of a solar-powered research vessel in Ghana and the groundbreaking scientific research conducted on water quality in the Volta River System and Accra, the expedition may have set a record for the longest distance traveled by kayak.
Yvette claims that the final leg was challenging because of a powerful upstream current that was created by the Gulf of Guinea at the Ada estuary. Despite this, her unyielding determination brought her success, and she eventually arrived at the resort, where a jubilant celebration was waiting for her.
The aluminum research vessel that was built in the region was put into service on March 7th, marking the beginning of the voyage. Yvette and her crew, known as the Swim Team, paddled their way through the Black Volta and Volta Lake, making pit stops in several towns and villages along the way to investigate the effects of rising water levels and make connections with the people who live there.
In spite of the heavy seas and the delayed progress, their dogged perseverance and collaborative effort saw them through the entire expedition.
Yvette was greeted by the chief, other village officials, and jubilant onlookers as she emerged from the water wearing her custom-made swimsuit constructed from recyclable materials. Because of the celebratory atmosphere, Yvette and her coworkers were able to express their gratitude while also receiving questions from members of the community as well as local and international journalists.
In the background of the solar-powered research vessel in Accra was a backdrop that symbolized the dedication of the Or Foundation to reducing water pollution by monitoring its extent along the coast of Accra.
During the mission, a kayaker was responsible for ensuring Yvette’s safety while she was on the water. In addition, the expedition documentarian, Ofoe Amegavie, and the science lead and communications manager, Edwin Dzobo, both played an important role in the kayak tasks.
The Or Foundation has been doing scientific studies into the environmental impact of garbage from secondhand clothing in Ghana for the past year and a half. Ghana receives an astounding 15 million articles of worn clothing every week, and our expedition will build upon that research.
Ghanaian activist Yvette Tetteh speaks after swimming 450 kilometers across the Volta River in 40 days.
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The foundation’s goal is to solve the enormous environmental and social ramifications that the country is currently experiencing, particularly the overflowing volumes of clothing waste that led to the explosion of the sole designed landfill in 2019. To achieve this goal, the foundation intends to raise awareness about the consequences of discarded textiles.
The Agbetsi Living Water Swim expedition’s primary objective was to conduct research into the effects that Ghana’s textile waste has had. Valuable information has been acquired by taking samples of the air and the water, adhering very closely to established procedures, and working closely with the local community. In the coming weeks and months, this data will be evaluated and disseminated in order to shed light on the issue.