The announcement on Monday February 1, of the passing of Kwasi Sainti Baffoe-Bonnie, is one in a series of the diminishing number of high profile Ghanaians, who have succumbed to the deadly coronavirus.Baffoe-Bonnie, will be remembered among other things, as contributing his quota to the nation by establishing a radio station, which he put to the service of God and country.
Those who came in contact with him, especially workers of Radio Gold over the years; have variously described him as a giant, man of great vision and ideas, courageous, businessman and politician. The reactions, including that of former president John Dramani Mahama, conveyed a feeling of personal loss.
At the time of his death, a radio station he established in 1995, and has been a source of news, entertainment and inspiration to millions of Ghanaians, was arbitrarily closed down by the government, a situation that has elicited condemnation from the public and practitioners as a ploy to gag the media.
Radio Gold, has served the nation well, especially in furtherance of our nascent democracy, but unfortunately the people who claim to be adherence of free speech, are those who were threatened by its existence.
He died with pain in his heart that a nation he loved so much could betray him, because of politics.
Many believed, and justifiably so, that he still had a lot to offer humanity as a nationalist, media owner, entrepreneur and humanist.
The business mogul graduated from the University of Cape Coast with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History before pursuing his Master of Arts degree in International Affairs (MAIA) from Ohio University, USA in 1980/81.
In 1995, he established the Network Broadcasting Company Limited; the company that operates Radio Gold, Montie FM and TV Gold.
He was later appointed Board Chairman of the Ghana Air Catering Services from 2006 to 2007.
Due to his background in international relations, Mr Baffoe-Bonnie was again appointed the Senior Political Advisor to the then Vice President, John Mahama, during the Mills Administration, from 2009 to 2012.
From 2012 to 2016, Mr Baffoe-Bonnie, served as a Presidential Staffer and Senior Advisor on Political Affairs to the President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama.
He was married with 3 children: Ama Aniwaa Baffoe-Bonnie, Kweku Agyeman Baffoe-Bonnie, and Kwaku Amoa Baffoe-Bonnie.
We join his family, relations, friends, staff and political associates in mourning the death of this gentleman par excellence, who touched many lives in diverse ways.
We also pray that God will grant him peaceful repose and his family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable lose.