President John Mahama signed a book a condolence opened for the late Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey at the former New Patriotic Party chairman’s residence in Accra on Wednesday March 23.
President Mahama recently tweeted that the month of March has had a great toll on Ghana, as far as deaths of prominent Ghanaians are concerned, following the death of Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey on Sunday dawn in London at the age of 70.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey’s death followed that of Eastern regional police commander, DCOP Awuni, a week erlier. In early March, Ghana also lost comedian Bishop Bob Okala, whose death followed that of another comedian, Nkomode, in February.
Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey, an advertising expert, died from an illness.
He served as Chief of Staff in the Kufuor administration and later as Minister of Tourism. He is credited with the rebranding of Valentine’s Day as Chocolate Day in Ghana. He is also credited with the introduction of Friday wears in Ghana, as part of measures to promote made-in-Ghana goods. His father was one of the Big Six in Ghana’s political history. In 2007, he run with 16 others in the NPP’s presidential primaries but lost. He was 70.
On December 16 last year, social media got rife with rumours of his death but it later turned out not to be true.