What do you know about the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey apart from the fact that he was the former chairman of the New Patriotic Party? Pulse Editor, Sena Quashie, takes you through the statesman's life, achievements and eventual death.
Born in Accra Jake is the second son of Emmanuel Obetsebi-Lamtey ( renowned politician and lawyer) and his Dutch wife Margaretha.
Jacob Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey begun his education in Accra and later relocated to UK to continue.
He was a TV and radio scriptwriter and a presenter at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in 1966.
He is also a past president for the Advertising Association of Ghana.
In 1969, he joined Lintas West African, an advertising firm, as an account executive and radio and television producer. He later became General Manager of Lintas in Ghana in 1974.
He joined the World Health Organization work force from 1984 to 1999. He became the Plenary Speaker at the World Summit on AIDS, London.
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 resigned his posts in July 2007 to campaign for the NPP nomination for the 2008 Presidential elections. As of February 2010, he is the National Chairman of the NPP.
Obetsebi-Lamptey has several publications to his credit, covering topics from family planning to AIDS prevention in Africa.