……“Definitely my hero….XOXO”
These are very good times indeed, to belong to the Ofori-Atta royal lineage of Akyem Abuakwa, because as kinsman, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo rules Ghana as President, the Akuffos, Akufo-Addos and Ofori-Attas are the automatic bluebloods.
The sharing of government appointments, like confetti, to family members has trickled down to Eno Ofori-Atta, as Akufocracy – government of the Akufos, by the Akufos, for the Akufos continues to spiral.
But, as everybody wonders who is next in line to receive a boon from the Emperor, it is worth noting that the appointment of Eno to the position of Deputy Managing Director of the State Insurance Company is like wish from a genie.
Big brother Ken Ofori-Atta, who fired the 16th August, 2017 letter to the company Secretary of SIC, ordering the instatement of Eno to that position in the name of President Akufo-Addo is a personal hero of Eno’s.
Indeed, Eno’s worshipful admiration for the Finance Minister has never been a secret as the woman, who is former Head of Credit at Women’s World Banking Ghana and owner of Payflex Micro Finance Company, has openly celebrated him as such.
In December, 2016, immediately after the election that saw President Akufo-Addo coming into office, Eno exploded on to her Facebook Timeline and posted a photo of Ken, celebrating him as her personal hero.
“Definitely My hero……XOXO,” she had written.
Ken Ofori-Atta, cousin of President Akufo-Addo and Finance Minister of Ghana, has just proved a true hero, indeed for Eno, as he has made Eno Ofori-Atta a beneficiary of the spoils of ‘Akufocracy’ by appointing her Deputy MD of SIC.
“H.E. the President has nominated Ms. Eno Ofori-Atta as Deputy Managing Director of SIC Financial Services Limited, pending the appointment of a substantive Deputy Managing Director by the Board of Directors.
“Please give her the necessary assistance. Counting on your usual cooperation,” Mr. Ofori Atta had written in a 16th August, 2016 letter to the Company Secretary of the SIC.
It is yet to be seen if Eno will explode on to social media to celebrate this latest feat by her Big Brother hero, which is of personal benefit to her. However, it is important to know that Eno Ofori-Atta is not the only beneficiary of the heroic deeds of Ken Ofori-Atta towards family members.
The same Ken Ofori-Atta was recently in the news for appointing another sister, Alice Ofori-Atta, to the position of Managing Director of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC).
But Ken Ofori-Atta is not the sort of person who only takes care of family – he takes care of friends too.
And so Mr. Ofori-Atta, who in March, sold $2.25billion bond to his business partner, Trevor Trefgarne’s company, Franklin Templeton, has appointed another business partner, Keli Gadzekpo, to the Board of the Bank of Ghana.
Mr. Gadzekpo, who co-founded Databank with Ken is also said to be the Board Chairman of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).
Keli’s sister-in-law, Mrs. Lynn Allotey Gadzekpo, was recently appointed to the Board of the National Investment Bank. Interestingly, Chairman of the same NIB Board, Togbe Afede, is a founding member of Databank, as he had partnered with Daniel Ofori-Atta, Ken Ofori-Atta and Keli Gadzekpo to found Databank in 1990.
Since becoming Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has replaced at least eight senior staff at the Finance Ministry with Databank staff, the Minority in Parliament has said. On Tuesday, the same Minority revealed that the tainting of government institutions with Databank staff has been escalated to the Ghana Revenue Authority too.
On 9th August, President Akufo-Addo appointed an 11-member Board for the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) of Ghana, and among the appointees, was Daniel Ogbamey Tetteh, another big-shot from Databank.
But in Akufocracy, it is not only friends and family of the Ofori-Atta family that have their hands in the pie – even ex-girlfriends and ‘baby mamas’ of the President are benefiting.
Virginia Hesse, a woman with whom President Akufo-Addo has a daughter out of wedlock, was recently appointed Ambassador to the Czech Republic, while an ex-lover, Professor Abena Busia, has been appointed Ambassador to Brazil.
Meanwhile, the list of the President’s family members in his government is a very long one indeed.
The star appointees start with Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, a direct cousin of the President. Mr. Ofori Atta is the son of Dr. Jones Ofori-Atta, brother of Akufo-Addo’s mother, Adelaide Akufo-Addo.
Another Akufo-Addo appointee is his niece, Gloria Akuffo, the Attorney General. Madam Akuffo is also paternal niece to Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, who Akufo-Addo only recently nominated for the post passing over Justice William Atuguba
Inspector General of Police, David Asante-Apeatu, is a half-brother of the President, while Samuel Atta Akyea, a cousin of the President’s, is the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing. Atta Akyea is the brother-in-law of recently retired Chief Justice, Theodora Georgina Wood, who has been inducted into the Council of State by President Akufo-Addo.
Another cousin of the President, Kwesi Amoako Atta, is the Minister of Roads and Highways, while Nana Asante Bediatuo, a half-brother of the President, is Executive Secretary to the President.
Also, Daniel Akuffo, affectionately called Danny, a younger brother of the Attorney General, enjoys the benefits of his blue-blood as a member of the privileged Akuffo family, as he sits as the District Chief Executive of Shai Osudoku.
Other direct kinsfolk of the President who have been appointed into his government are Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, the President’s daughter, who is on the Creative Arts Council and Ingrid Nana Adjoa Hackman, wife of Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a prominent cousin of Akufo-Addo’s who has been appointed to the Board of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.
Mr. Asare Otchere-Darko himself is known to operate from behind the scenes as the de facto Chief of Staff, in spite of the figurehead, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.
Recently, Rev. Isaac Owusu Bempah, a man of the cloth who is the founder of Glorious Word Power Ministries, and a devotee of President Akufo-Addo, alleged that Gabby has set up a bribe collection apparatus at the Flagstaff House, which he uses to extort monies from prospective investors as precondition to meeting with the President.
Rev. Bempah’s claim was corroborated by the ruling party’s MP for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong, who revealed that Gabby extorts $20,000 per turn.
In his shadowy role, Gabby is known to operate in like manner as other family members, such as Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta and Fredua Ofori-Atta.
Duke Ofori-Atta and Michael Ofori-Atta were members of the 35- member Ghana@60 Committee that recently planned and executed the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Ghana’s independence from 6th of March 1957.