2016 Ghana Elections: Meet some of the NPP  (New Patriotic Party) patriotic citizens who paved the way for Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

When an old man dies a library burns to the ground’ African proverb (Amadou Hampâté Bâ) En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est une bibliothèque qui brûle. 

The New Patriotic Party was founded by Bernard Jao Da Rocha, he became the  First National Chairman of  NPP. History maker Da Rocha was appointed as the first Ghanaian Director of the Ghana School of Law….

RIP: May 24, 1932 – February 23, 2010

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Prominent lawyer and politician John Kwesi Bosu Spio, was born in Cape Coast on Sunday 24th June 1928 to the late Mr. George Kofi Spio and the Late Mrs. Mary Aba Jeffrey Spio. He was the third born of eight children.

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Honourable Spio enrolled as a London University External student pursuing LLB degree. He later successfully completed his LLB degree at Cardiff University UK. He then pursued Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Syracuse University, U.S.A.

On returning to Ghana he attended University of Ghana Legon and completed his legal training after which he was enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana.

Lawyer  Spio was the proverbial jack of all trades and had a great life, between the period of 1959 and 1995 when he retired, he was the Chairman of Elmina Motel now  known as the Elmina Beach Resort, he also acted as the Director of Ceredec,  Swan Business Consultants Ltd and then as Director of Central Regional Development Corporation. He also served as a Regional Manager at Management Development and Productivity Institute.

Honourable Spio also worked as the Director of Twifo Oil Palm Plantation Company (TOPP). He was also a Lecturer at U.C.C and later became the Head of the B.Com Dept. He was the Director of Catholic Mission Press, Cape Coast.

He was a Couterpart Consultant for R.R. Nathan Associates Ghana and the  Planning Unit Director  of  CIDA Expert, Ministry of Transport and Communication.

Despite these numerous duties he still had the strength to practice effectively as a lawyer; in fact he was known as one of the best lawyers especially in Cape Coast. He served twice as the President of Central Region Bar Association.

Lawyer Spio was a patriotic citizen and had an active political life; he was  the Central Region Chairman of the New Patriotic Party and remained an active member till his death.

Apart from his local duties Mr. Spio was involved with various Overseas Projects; he was a Representative for Ports Administration and Operations Programmes in the Netherlands and Belgium, he was a Trainee Manager for Transportation Management and Operations in Western Germany, and a Manager for United Nations Ports and ShippingTraining Seminars  in Nigeria. He spoke more than 7 different foreign languages and travelled all over the world.

His busy work schedule did not prevent him from being a great father, his children meant the world to him and he was a role model to all of them. It was his aim in life to educate them to the highest level attainable. He indeed succeeded in educating all his children in every aspect of life. This education has not only stayed with his children but has extended to his grandchildren and will linger on from generation to generation.

Lawyer  Spio had high standards which made him appear strict but he easily shared a joke with his great sense of humour, even in the most challenging of situations he would come up with a joke to lighten the situation. In his spare time he loved to read, take his children to the beach, teach them how to play the piano as well as telling them great folk stories. His love for music was great, as such wherever he fellowshipped he played the church organ and was the choir master.

Retirement

After his retirement from these jobs he worked as a consultant for various firms and took to travelling as well as concentrating on playing the organ and being a best friend and an adviser to his children.

Rest In Peace ! June 24, 1928 – July 09, 2008

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Former President of Ghana John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor is a member of the Ashanti people, Kufuor is married to Theresa Kufuor (née Mensah), with whom he has had five children. Kufuor and his family belong to the Roman Catholic Church. He was born in Kumasi and educated at Osei Tutu Boarding School….

President John Agyekum Kufuor

John Kufuor became  the second President of the 4th Republic of Ghana, a very very good President we love him… More here

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Mr Jacob ‘Jake’ Obetsebi-Lamptey, just like lawyer Kwesi Spio was also a very prominent lawyer and politician. The former Minister of Tourism/ Modernization of the Capital  and Minister of Information Obetsebi-Lamptey, also served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor  from 2005 to July 2007.   He later became the National Campaign Chairman for New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2000   20 March 2016 70 year Obetsebi-Lamptey died at a hospital in London from leukemia 

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Gone but not forgotten RIP: Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey (February 4, 1946 – March 20, 2016)…More here

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The current NPP flag bearer Nana Akufo-Addo was born on 29 March 1944…This is the third time the former Attorney general is standing for the presidential election. Nana Akufo-Addo  ran for president of Ghana in 2008 and 2012 respectively.

”We want a new direction for our nation. John Dramani Mahama is the biggest threat to the future of our nation, and we have to work hard between now and December to kick him out of office.” ~Nana Akufo-Addo…More here

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Credit: Former  President John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, John Kwesi Bosu Spio, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey,  Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghanaian politician and a former television and radio producer Jake Obetsebi Lamptey has sadly passed away. According to reports, he died last night at a hospital here in London after a short illness. He was 70…

Jake Obetsebi Lamptey

The former National Chairman of  NPP (New Patriotic Party) Jake Obetsebi Lamptey was the 2nd son of Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey, his mother  was  Dutch, called  Margaretha, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey had his primary education in Accra, before travelling to England to further his education…

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He initially began work as a radio and TV scriptwriter, commentator and presenter at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). Then In 1969, he joined Lintas West African, an advertising firm, as an account executive and radio and television producer.  He later became General Manager of Lintas in Ghana in 1974.  He was also a past president for the Advertising Association of Ghana.

Jake Obetsebi Lamptey resigned  in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections. He became the National Campaign Manager of the victorious New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2000 Presidential elections, which saw the first constitutional (civilian-to-civilian) transition of power in Ghana, West Africa.

Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey has several publications to his credit, covering topics from family planning to AIDS prevention in Africa.

RIP: Our thoughts & prayers are with the family