The Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) has received with shock and dismay the demise of Nana Fredua Owusu-Agyeman, a founding member of the Association. He was a journalist, newspaper publisher and a lawyer by profession. He was awarded two consecutive years by the Ghana Journalists Association in the 1970’s.
“The Advisor”, as he was popularly referred to during his student days at the University of Ghana, worked as a political journalist at the then Graphic Corporation (now Graphic Communications Group Limited) in the 1970’s–80’s. Nana was one of the longest-serving Presidential Correspondents at the Christiansborg Castle, Osu (Seat of Government). He covered several local and international assignments from the Kutu Acheampong regime (1972–78); General F.W.K Akuffo’s era (July, 1978-June, 1979); The Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) military junta (June 4–September 24, 1979) and the Third Republican era of ex-President Dr. Hilla Liman (September,1979–December 31, 1981).
He joined the private newspaper industry in the mid 1980’s and was the publisher and editor of the market leader, ‘Confession’, a social and entertainment newspaper selling over one hundred thousand (100,000) copies per edition. After the introduction of the Newspaper Licensing Act in 1989, the ‘Confession’ was outlawed.
In 1991, he founded the “Young and Old” newspaper, a political newspaper after the Newspaper Licensing Actwas repealed and the ban on party political activities was later lifted. In the early 2000’s he started another popular lifestyle newspaper called ‘Top Story’.
He was a founding member of the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) in July,1991. Hon. Elizabeth Ohene, Kofi Akumanyi, OhenebaCharles, Joe Aggrey and others are amongst his contemporaries.
He later joined the legal profession as a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana after being called to the Bar in the mid 1990’s. After several years of practice, he became the Registrar at the Ghana School of Law and retired in 2012.
The Executives and Board of PRINPAG express their condolences to the wife, children and entire members of the bereaved family. The media fraternity has lost one of their greatest political journalists and prolific writers of all time. He was the author of several alluring novels on the Ghanaian literature market.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Ɔdehyiɛ, Nana Fredua Owusu-Agyeman,
Written by: Kenteman Nii Laryea Sowah