Jake Obetsebi Lamptey The life and death of a statesman

What do you know about the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey apart from the fact that he was the former chairman of the New Patriotic Party? Pulse Editor, Sena Quashie, takes you through the statesman's life, achievements and eventual death.

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On 19th March 2016, Ghana lost yet another astute stateman when the news of the death of Jake Obetsebi Lamptey hit the nation.


Born in  Accra Jake is the second son of Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamtey ( renowned politician and lawyer) and his Dutch wife Margaretha.

Jacob Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey  begun his education in Accra and later relocated to UK to continue.

He was a TV and radio scriptwriter and a presenter  at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in 1966.

He is also a past president for the Advertising Association of Ghana.

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.

Political Life

He joined the World Health Organization work force from 1984 to 1999. He became the  Plenary Speaker at the World Summit on AIDS, London.

From 2005 to July 2007, Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kufuor. Previously Obetsebi-Lamptey was Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital (2002–05) and Minister of Information (2001–02).

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Jake Obetsebi Lamptey was 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 that country.

He resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections. As of February 2010, he is the National Chairman of the NPP.

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

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