A book titled, “The Political History of Ghana from 1950-2013, The Experience of a Non-Conformist”, written by a very astute politician, Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah, is to be launch in a few days to add to the chains of books written about Ghana’s road to democracy and beyond.
The 762-page book, which is expected to excite readers will be launch at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
Details of the book are sketchy, but those who have been privilege enough to see the manuscript say, it is “an exciting book” from the experience and respected politician, who goes by the names, “Gestapo” and Ogboo (Champion in Ga).
Dr. Asamoah, was born on February 6, 1936 to Mr. William Kofi Asamoah and Monica Akosua Asamoah.
The now back-benched politician, is the tenth child of his parents and is one of the few politicians left, who can be described as having seen it and played part in Ghana’s political history; both democratic and military rule.
The 78-year old, was born in Likpe-Bala near Hohoe and rose to become the country’s longest serving Foreign Affairs Minister from 1982-2001 and also Minister for Justice and Attorney General, between 1993-2000, under ex-President Jerry John Rawlings’ 19-year old rule.
He attended Achimota School and proceeded to Kings College in London and the Columbia University in the United States of America (USA).
He was a close ally of the former Ghanaian leader, Jerry John Rawlings, until they fell out along the line at a time when Dr. Asamoah was chairing the National Democratic Congress (NDC) founded by Mr. Rawlings.
Dr. Asamoah, as a lawyer, did not only distinguish himself locally, but internationally.
He once served as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Volta Region on the ticket of the National Alliance of Liberals (NAL), led by Komla Agbili Gbedemah, a veteran associate of Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
He also taught law at the Ghana Law School at the University of Ghana, Legon and some of his famous students include, late President, John Evans Atta Mills, legal luminary, Tsatsu Tsikata and Kwamina Ahwoi.
He founded the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), after a number of them including, Madam Frances Assiam and Bede Ziedeng, broke ranks with the NDC, then in opposition in 2006, following series of accusations that the party congress in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, was violently “stolen”.
Dr. Asamoah, was once rumoured to be eyeing the presidency, but he later came back to debunk it.
The DFP in the run-up to the 2012 general elections, re-joined its mother party the NDC, and according to insiders, his name together with Ken Dzarasah and Edward Doe Adjaho, popped up when a new Speaker of Parliament was being sought after in 2013 by President John Dramani Mahama.
Dr. Asamoah, was a friend to many people including, Dr. Nkrumah’s Finance Minister, Kwabena Gbedemah and Paa Willie of UNC party.
He has also been a lifelong friend of Kojo Tsikata and late Chairman of the Council of State, Prof. Kofi Awoonor, who met his untimely death in an unprovoked terrorist attack in Kenya, last year.
News of his book launch, has sparked commendation by many, especially politicians as they hardly take such initiative.
Dr. Asamoah’s decision to document his experience leaves ex-presidents John Kufuor and JJ Rawlings, more challenged as to what they want the future generation to learn from them.
Dr. Asamoah, who for some years now have been off political stage, is married to Dr. Yvonne Asamoah of the Syracuse – New York, with whom they have three children; a daughter and two son.