AN INTERNATIONAL Magazine, featuring the heroic achievements of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, has officially been launched in Kumasi.
The 103-paged magazine details exclusive pictures and stories of both local and international awards received during and after the presidential term of Mr. Agyekum Kufuor.
It also features the ex-President’s diplomatic interactions with foreign partners and exclusive one-on-one chat with the former President, who is affectionately referred to as the ‘Gentle Giant’.
It was put together by publishers of the Adeshie Magazine, based in Turkey, in collaboration with the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, founded by the former President.
Proceeds from the sale of the magazine will go to the John Agyekum Kufuor foundation.
Major highlights of the eye-catching magazine include the 2011 prestigious World Food Prize (WFP) Award which he received alongside the former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, and the launch of the ground breaking of JAK Foundation and the JAK Centre for Leadership, Governance and Development at the University of Ghana, Legon .
President Kufuor left office January 2009 and became a member of the SNV Netherlands Development Organization International Advisory Board to contribute to the organization’s poverty reduction work per his expertise.
He subsequently delivered a number of lectures in the Netherlands and argued for the importance of effective development assistance, pointing out that development aid helped Ghana enters the international capital market.
On September 21, 2009, he delivered the prestigious Legatum Pericles Lecture at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. John Kufuor is the Governing Council Chairman of Interpeace, an international peace building organization based in Geneva since October 2009.
Mr. Kufuor also became a member of the prestigious Club of Madrid, the largest grouping of former democratically elected heads of state
He was chosen together with Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva and jointly received the 2011 World Food Prize for their personal commitment and visionary leadership while serving as Presidents of Ghana and Brazil respectively, and creating and implementing government policies to alleviate hunger and poverty in their countries.
The foundation, in a statement, said the significant achievements of these two Laureates illustrate that transformational leadership can truly effect positive change and greatly improve people’s lives.
The former Ghana’s President has since November 2011 been the first high-level Chair of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partnership.
At the launch of the magazine which was attended by ex-ministers and functionaries of the opposition New Patriotic Party(NPP) at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Kumasi City, several tributes were paid to the former President for his illustrious performance and contribution to the development of humanity.
Mr. Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, General Manager of Adeshie Magazine said the idea for publishing the magazine was to give recognition to the late President for his contribution to the development of Ghanaians whilst he is still alive.
The Chairperson for the ceremony, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, the CEO of Breast Care International (BCI) emphasized the need for our political leaders to be given the needed respect and recognition in order to encourage them to do more.
She described the idea of the magazine as excellent one, stressing that it will help later generations to appreciate the good works of the former President.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion included the former Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, ex-Minister of Information, Mr. Asamoah Boateng, Hon. Benito Owusu Bio, MP for Atwima Nwabiagya, MP for Bekwai, Hon. Joe Osei Wusu, among others.
The first copy of the book was sold at GH¢20, 000.00 to the CEO of Angel Group of Companies, Dr. Kwaku Oteng, with Mr. Alan Kyerematen getting the second copy at GH¢15, 000.00