“When I think of the NDC, the first thing that comes to mind is, squandered opportunities.” – Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Their actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more; they have the ability to make the way, show the way and lead the way but to Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, the current NDC administration has failed to reflect these qualities in their tenure of office.
He said, “This NDC administration had so much available to them in terms of resources and revenues to transform Ghana and the structure of its economy much better than what was done by former President John Agyekum Kuffuor’s administration. They also could have invested in social services unlike what we have already seen in this country but they have squandered it all. They have paved way for a lot of corruption and leakages and have allowed people who should have been in the background learning from other people rather stand at the fore front as leaders. The NPP has a clearer program on what it takes to transform and build our economy in order to flourish the private sector and to ensure that the quality of the lives of our people improves. The NPP also has a plan and a track record of investing in social services and all these services we see today; LEAP, NHIS, Capitation grants and school feeding programs were all initiated by the NPP in former president Kuffuor’s administration and this is exactly why I joined the NPP because my personal values identified with the philosophy of the party. Also, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo is a man of vision who is passionate about Ghana like no other and that is what the country needs now, a selfless and a passionate leader.”
Born on April 5, 1982 in Koforidua to Kwame Oppong Nkrumah and Felicia Oppong Nkrumah, both formerly teachers. They resided on the Ghana Secondary School (GHANASS) campus, where his mother used to teach also in Koforidua with his two brothers and a sister. Growing up to him, was difficult because he had a speech problem and stammered for years; he found it difficult to articulate his thoughts and his friends would always laugh whenever he made efforts to speak. That destroyed his confidence but with time it all managed to go away. Another most difficult period for him as a child was when his family suddenly dropped from grace to grass when his father got involved in a near fatal accident. Family properties had to be sold to cover his father’s bills and also as a means of upkeep for the family. He had his early education at the Pentecost Preparatory School in Koforidua and after they relocated to Accra, Mataheko to be precise, he continued with his education at St. Bernadette School in Dansoman. He later had his Secondary education at Pope John’s senior high and Junior Seminary, Koforidua. At Pope John’s, Kojo became a senior prefect and an active member of the Writers and Debaters club. In the year 2000, already depicting traits of leadership, Kojo led his team of debaters to win at the Independence Day debate for senior high schools. He was also the president of the Junior Achievers club on campus. He described his life at Pope Johns as very boring without any exciting activity because he was always reading and writing and doing what most young people today would describe as “nerdy”. Though he partook in organizing events on campus, he never went up on stage to perform or host any campus function.
From Pope John’s Secondary School, he went to the Cape coast University where he had his Bachelor of Commerce degree, then to the University of Ghana for a Masters degree in Administration. After discovering his interest in the judiciary, he applied to read a Law at GIMPA and from there; he went further to do a Professional law course at the Ghana School of Law.
Kojo started his career as a Treasury Analyst at the British American Tobacco in 2006. He moved on to Joy fm (a subsidiary of multimedia) as a broadcast journalist. In his words, “being in the media was purely by accident. Back at Cape Coast University, I took part in a business presentation in Accra; it was a national business competition with top business officials all under one roof. There, I met the CEO of multimedia, Mr. Kwesi Twum, who happened to be one of the judges of the competition and he was instrumental in getting me to come work for him. It was during that period that I chanced upon the opportunity for me host the morning show at Joy fm. It all seemed so surreal to me at the beginning because I wasn’t one of those people who were groomed for the job. I doubted my capabilities because I felt I wasn’t quite cut for the job but Kwesi Twum believed in me and saw in me what no one, including myself, was able to see back then. I owe it all to him and today I can say that he made a right choice.”
Kojo hosted the Super morning show and worked in the media industry for 10 years. He left the media industry because he taught it was good for him to step down and give the younger ones the chance to also show the world their capabilities. In 2015, He contested and won the NPP parliamentary primaries for Ofoase-Ayirebi constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This year, he would contest on the ticket of the NPP in the general parliamentary election.
Speaking on the demise of Komla Dumor, he said, “it was a very hurtful moment for me because I had a rare privilege to directly walk in his shoes and do what he did for a number of years and I knew how stressful and demanding that was. I sat in his seat and experienced how his career forces you to be everything for everyone and nothing for yourself and so it was a very devastating moment for me.”
Kojo is married to Mrs. Akua Oppong Nkrumah and together they have two children, Ama and Kwame Oppong Nkrumah.
On a typical weekend, he would stay at home to watch his favorite Kumawood movies with his children for a lovely family time. He loves soccer but barely makes time to play due to his hectic schedule and he is the biggest fan of Agya Koo and Li’win. In the world of music, he admires manifest because of the intellectual depth of his lyrical content.
When asked to give a peace message he said, “I am not so much into peace messages because I believe we are already peaceful people but my words of advice and encouragement would go to the electoral commission and all other bodies in charge of handling the entire procedure; please do not fiddle with the results. Nothing would happen if you do so please allow the free expression of the people to be articulated.”
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