Sunday, 20 March 2016


The former Tourism Minister died in London following a protracted illness.

He was 70years.

On the 16th of December

last year news went viral on Social media that Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey was dead but he confirmed that he was in South Africa receiving treatment.

The rumour mill had it that the former Tourism Minister died in South Africa while seeking medical attention.

But a hale and hearty Obetsebi Lamptey wondered why “people go out of their way to manufacture idiotic stories when there are so many serious stories that concern our country that are going on that people should be concerned with…it shows futility of what goes on on social media unfortunately.”

He spoke in an interview from South Africa with sit in host of 'Kokrokoo' - PeaceFM's flagship programme - Nana Yaw Kesse, Thursday morning after rumours went viral on Social Media.

NPP's former General Secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie aka Sir John had earlier denied the rumour on Hello FM, Wednesday evening.

Suspended Paul Afoko beat him to be elected National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) at its 16th National Delegates Congress held in Tamale on Saturday, April 13, 2014.

 Mr Samuel Tetteh, Director of Elections of the Electoral Commission indicated that Mr Afoko polled 2,034 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Stephen Ntim who polled 1503 votes.

Mr Jake Obetsei Lamptey, former National Chairman, polled 66 votes whiles Mr Fred Oware, another contestant polled 1135 votes.

Jacob Otanka "Jake" Obetsebi-Lamptey (born 4 February 1946) was a Ghanaian politician and a former television and radio producer.

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).

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.

He resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections, but he lost

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