Personality Profile on Jake Obetsebi Lamptey

Jake Obetsebi Lamptey was born in Accra, Ghana, the second son of Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamptey (a prominent lawyer and politician) and his Dutch wife Margaretha on the 4th of February 1946. Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey had his primary education in Accra, before travelling to England to further his education.

 

EARLY LIFE

In 1966, he began work as a radio and TV scriptwriter, commentator and presenter at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).

In 1969, he joined Lintas West African, an advertising firm, as an account executive and radio and television producer.

As Client Service Manager of Lintas in Ghana in 1971, he wrote, co-ordinated and executed Family Planning, Motivation Campaign for the Ghana National Family Planning Programme. Obetsebi-Lamptey was appointed General Manager of Lintas in Ghana in 1974 and thereafter worked on a number of programmes for the company and others in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Kenya.

 

POLITICAL LIFE

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From 1984 to 1999, he worked with the World Health Organization (WHO). Obetsebi-Lamptey was the Plenary Speaker at the World Summit on AIDS, London, and Second International Symposium on the disease in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He is a past president of the Advertising Association of Ghana.

As a professional communicator, he was given the task of working on the identity of the party. He worked with Dan Quaye, an artist, to design the NPP flag, colours, symbols and other visual identity items.

As first chairman of the publicity committee, he handled publicity and media for presidential candidate Professor Adu Boahen during the 1992 campaign and served as the Greater Accra Regional chairman of the NPP from 1997 – 2005. He served on the 1992 and 1986 campaign teams. He was the National campaign manager of the electoral battle that brought President John Agyekum Kufuor and the NPP to power in 2001.

As was the practice in those early difficult times when party members sacrificed to fund party activities, Jake paid for much of the publicity campaign activities from his own pocket and resources.

Obetsebi-Lamptey was Minister of Tourism and Modernization of the Capital (2002–05) and Minister of Information (2001–2002). He 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.

From 2005 to July 2007, Obetsebi-Lamptey served as Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations in the cabinet of President John Kufuor.
He resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections. As of February 2010, he was the National Chairman of the NPP.

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

 

PRIVATE LIFE

He was married to Esther Belinda Obetsebi Lamptey and in all He has 8 children, Mrs. Charis Obetsebi-Lamptey Zwennes, Mrs. Rachelle Obetsebi-Lamptey Senghor, Mr. Winston Richards, Mr. Gabriel Doe, Mrs. Rita Idris, Mr. Richard Ampaw, Mrs. Susan Andoh, Miss Sharon Ampaw.

He was the Chief Executive of the Advantage Group of Companies, which included Lintas Ghana, Afromedia Ghana Ltd., Research International Ltd., Pro Design Ghana Ltd, Advantage Production, Advantage Public Relations, Afromedia Liberia Inc. and Afromedia Sierra Leone Ltd.

He captained the National Squash Rackets team and also played cricket for Ghana. He also plays golf. He reads widely and enjoys music.

 

DEATH

Obetsebi-Lamptey died at a hospital in London on 20 March 2016 at the age of 70. He had been suffering from leukemia and in December had received treatment in South Africa after becoming unwell

 

Source: wikipedia, ghanaweb, newsghana