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Ashanti regional GNA Manager laid to rest

BY: Felix A. Baidoo

The remains of Mrs Elizabeth Kankam-Boadu, the Ashanti Regional Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA) has been laid to rest at Berekum (her home town) in the Bono region after a burial ceremony at her residence at the Asuyeboah Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) flat in Kumasi.

The burial ceremony attracted hundreds of mourners from across the country, including traditional leaders, media practitioners, church members and other family relations.

Also in attendance were members of the Ashanti regional chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association who registered a large presence since the late Madam Kankam-Boadu was their former Acting Regional President.

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The late Elizabeth Kankam-Boadu was born on 14th November, 1960 at Berekum in the then Brong Ahafo region and attended the Ahantaman Secondary School in Takoradi, Western region and the Sunyani Secondary School for her Ordinary Level and Advanced Level of the General Certificate Examination (GCE) respectively, completing in 1980 and 1982.

Due to her interest in journalism, Mrs Kankam-Boadu was admitted to the Ghana Institute of Journalism in 1983 and completed the two-year diploma course in 1985. She did her National Service at the Ghana News Agency after which she was retained as a full time staff as a reporter due to her good performance.

During her 37-years’ service with the GNA, she went through the various ranks and lastly as Chief Editor and was appointed the Ashanti Regional Manager, a post she held for more than a decade and was slated to retire on 14th December, 2020 but died after a short illness on 3rd April, 2020 whilst visiting her husband in Liberia.

She left behind her husband Rev. Kankam-Boadu and five sons.

Ashanti GJA
The President of the Ashanti Regional GJA, Mr Kingsley Hope who led a team of media personnel to the burial and funeral ceremony expressed shock at the loss of “Mama Elizi” as she was affectionately called by her colleague journalists.

He described her as very hard working, intelligent, loving and a counsellor as he recalled the various contributions made by the late Elizi in regional media circles and the nation as a whole.