The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and the Private Newspaper Owners Association of Ghana ( PRINPAG) on Wednesday October 30, 2019 opened a Book of Condolence at the Ghana International Press Centre, for the late Gilbert Banquo Kwame Owusu.
Mr GBK Owusu, who died at 80 was reported to have given up the ghost on Saturday October 26, 2019, after a short illness.
He was an Editor of “The Christian Messenger” and “The Presbyterian,” both private newspapers published by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, for 34 years.
Present at a shot ceremony by the GJA and PRINPAG were senior Journalists and family members including Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo, Chairman of National Media Commission (NMC), Ben Assorow, Editor of Catholic Standard and member of NMC Board, Roland Affal Monney, President of GJA, Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amehere, Nana Obeng Fosu, Board Chair of PRINPAG, Andrew Edwin Arthur, President PRINPAG, David Sitso Tamakloe, Vice President of PRINPAG, David Agbenu, Editor of Ghanaian Times, among others.
In remarks before the signing of the Book of Condolence, Mr Affail Monney, President of the GJA, said the late GBK Owusu was a colossus within the media fraternity in Ghana and a founding member of the Private Newspaper Owners Association of Ghana.
He added that late Owusu also served as chairperson and member of the GJA’s Media Awards Committee for many years, ensuring the promotion of high journalistic standards.
Mr. Monney described him as an advisor and a mentor who love to impact more on society through his profession.
According to the GJA President, apart from his editorship, Mr GBK Owusu also served for decades as the Public Relations Officer of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Christian Council of Ghana.
“Beyond the media boundary, and in the turbulent political arena of the past, he stood in battle with great religious leaders like Professor Kwesi Dickson to wage a relentless fight for the return of Ghana to constitutional rule,” he said.
Mr.Yaw Boadi Ayeboafo described later GBK Owusu as a man who has the command of his ways and never uses abusive language on people in the line of his days of practices as Journalist.
According to him, GBK Owusu would be remembered for his foresight for the formation of PRINPAG and how he served the nation through his profession.
Nana Obeng Fosu, said, PRINGPAG would never forget the legacy of GBK Owusu, and that though he is dead, his footprints remained indelible in PRINPAG.
The GJA in a statement earlier eulogised GBK Owusu for his endeavours, whether related to the media or not, the statement noted that his friendly disposition, kindheartedness, selflessness and dedication to duty endeared him to many people, both young and old.
“It is in these respects that the GJA considers the death of GBK Owusu as a big loss to the media fraternity in Ghana and the nation as a whole.
“The GJA extends its deepest condolences to the children and family of our departed colleague and pray to the good Lord to strengthen them in these difficult moments of their lives, ” the statement said.
The National Executive of the GJA urged all journalists to endeavour to pay their respects to the fallen media colleague by signing the Book of Condolence.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba