Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, one of Ghana’s political gems passed over the weekend after battling a short illness in London.
The astute politician will forever be remembered as the Chairman of the New Patriotic Party and for his instrumental role played in the erstwhile Kuffour administration.
He is remembered for being instrumental in the NPP’s win in 2000 when he was the party’s campaign manger.
These are five things you need to know about Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey.
1. He was the second son of the prominent lawyer and politician, Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey and his Dutch wife Margaretha Obetsebi-Lamptey. He started his education in Ghana but left for London to further his education.
2. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey worked with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. In 1966, he worked for GBC as a scriptwriter, commentator and a presenter.
3. Jake also worked for the World Health Organization. He was a plenary speaker at the World Summit on AIDS, London and second symposium on the disease In Yaounde.
4. Under the Kuffour administration from 2005-2007, Jake Obitsebi-Lamptey was the Minister of Tourism and Diaspora relations. NPP came to power in 2000 when Jake was the campaign manager for the party.
5. His Presidential ambition brought about his resignation to campaign for NPP nomination for presidential elections in 2008.