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Akufo-Addo: I received news of Sir John's death 'with great shock and deep sadness'

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says he received the news of the death of the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission, Mr Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, also known as Sir John, "with great shock and deep sadness."

In a post on social media Thursday morning, President Akufo-Addo wrote, "Indeed, the disbelief and grief expressed by many at the news of his death are testimony to how people, in and out of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), felt about him."
Sir John died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 after an illness. He was 63-years-old [1957-2020]
I received the news of the death of Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John, with great shock and deep sadness. Indeed, the disbelief and grief expressed by many at the news of his death are testimony to how people, in and out of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), felt about him.
Passionate devotee of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition, outstanding stalwart of the NPP, strong defender of human rights as a lawyer, proud, faithful adherent of the Christian Adventist faith – these were the multi-facetted aspects of the career and character of ‘Sir John’, which earned him considerable renown both as erstwhile General Secretary of the NPP and CEO of the Forestry Commission. Energetic, ebullient, jovial, with an exceptional sense of humour, and possessing a limitless store of folktales and proverbs, he affected positively every person with whom he came into contact. He was truly unforgettable, and our party and government owe him an immense debt for his work and commitment.
My wife Rebecca and I extend our deepest condolences to his entire family. Sakora Wonoo has lost a valiant son. He will be widely missed.
May the Good Lord bless him, and give him a peaceful place of abode in His Bosom until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again.
Sir John, we will never forget you!!

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Mr Owusu Afriyie, a lawyer by profession, who had been in private practice since 1981 served as General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) between 2010 and 2014.

He was a Political Science graduate from the University of Ghana and obtained his LLB from the same university.

He was a product of Bekwai SDA Secondary School and Konongo Odumase Secondary (KOSS) both in the Ashanti Region.

He previously worked at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer in an acting position during President John Kufuor’s administration and also as head of Legal Services.

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