J.H Mensah died a Pauper – Ambassador D.K Osei

Former Secretary to ex President J.A Kufuor, Ambassador D.K Osei has said the late J.H Mensah, Statesman and a stalwart of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) died a pauper after several decades of dedicated service to the country

According to him, J.H Mensah,  a Finance Minister who served ex Presidents Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. K.A Busia and J.A Kufuor, was a selfless public servant and politician who was passionate about working hard to the develop Ghana and never sought to enrich himself while in office.

“At the time that I was getting into the university it was obvious to most of my friends that I was getting into politics but it was J.H who encouraged me to stick to public service. I’ve no regrets for having served this country for well over 40 years as a public servant. I think that I cannot by the greatest stretch of my imagination think that I’ve done one tenth of what J.H did but he led the way. He thought us how to serve and love the country.

“But most important of all his integrity was impeccable, I literally can say J.H died as a pauper. You know, a lot of Ghanaians will be shocked by what I’m saying but he did…he did. I don’t want to get into complex explanation, material things were unimportant to him.Ambassador D.K Osei told Paul Adom Otchere in an interview on Good Evening Ghana show in memory of J.H Mensah .

The 89 year old Economist passed on at the 37 Military Hospital on Thursday 12th July where he had been seeking medical treatment for some time now.

He’ll be buried on Friday August 17, 2018.

Below is the biography of the late JH Mensah

Education

Born on (born 31 October 1928) Joseph Henry Mensah attended the University of the Gold Coast (now University of Ghana) between 1948 and 1954. He then headed to University of London then Stanford University, where he earned his both a bachelor’s and master’s degree with a specialization in economic theory and development. In 1954, Mensah became a Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Ghana, which lasted until 1958.

Political career

Mensah began working as an assistant inspector of taxes in 1953 while the Gold Coast was still under colonial rule. In 1958, Mensah joined the United Nations Secretariat at the Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies, in New York City, United States. Mensah returned to Ghana in 1961 as the Head of Agency at the National Planning commission. The National Planning commission drew and implemented the country’s Seven-Year Development Plan (1962–1969). In 1969, he was elected to parliament and became the Finance minister until 1972 when he was replaced by future head of state Ignatius Kutu Acheampong after the military coup.

Post Coup

Beginning in 1974, Mensah worked in the private sector both in Ghana and abroad. He was imprisoned by the National Redemption Council from 1975 to 1978. Although banned from political activity in 1979, he was active for the Popular Front Party in the 1979 elections. He also served as Chairman of the Sunyani District Council in Brong-Ahafo Region (1979–1981), and proprietor of Banka Farms. Exiled in England, in 1983 he headed a group opposing the PNDC.

He also served on the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank from 1993 to 1997. In December 1996, Mensah contested a parliamentary seat in Sunyani East District as a member of the New Patriotic Party, which he won. He was re-elected in 2000. Prior to John Kufuor’s election in 2001, Mensah was the minority leader in Parliament.

I don’t want to die a pauper – C-zar quits music for electrical business

Ghanaian hiplife artiste C-Zar has revealed that he quit doing commercial music to venture into entrepreneurship because he did not want to die a pauper.

Being in the industry for over a decade, the ‘Araba Lawson’ hitmaker to Zylofon FM, Tuesday, his decision was influenced by the fact that show business is not more lucrative, and he could end up going broke.

According to him, he started the electrical business alongside the music but realized that the music which was non-profit was taking most of the time hence had to decide on one.

C-Zar said the decision to venture into electrical business has helped him, disclosing that he has expanded the business by opening other branches.

“I have quit music for good, I don’t want to die poor. Sincerely, show business doesn’t pay in our part of the world. See how all the veterans die as if they have never been in the limelight.

“I don’t even want to see myself in such a condition in future where my family has to appeal for funds to take care of me should I fall sick,

“I can say that barely 10 people in showbiz are really raking in huge sums which suits their status as celebrities but in reality, many are broke because it doesn’t pay much,”

“I nearly collapsed my electrical business because I was focused on doing music but realizing that the electrical business was more profitable, I had to quit the music.” he added.

In the early 2000s, C-Zar was one of the popular artistes in the Hiplife industry.

His hit songs like “Araba Lawson” and “Mercy Lokko” were on the charts and the latter song won him the Hiplife Song of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards in 2009.

C-zar enjoyed a good career with hit albums like Sunsum Sofo (2003), Araba Lawson (2006), Mercy Lokko (2008) with the last release being Azonto Pandemic in 2012.