STATEMENT: PRINPAG on the death of founding member G. B. K Owusu

The Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) with deep regret and sorrow announces the sadden death of Mr. Gilbert Banquo Kwame Owusu, popularly known as G. B. K. Owusu, a pioneering and founding member of PRINPAG.

The seasoned, pioneering and founding member was eighty (80) years.

The sad event occurred at the early hours of Saturday, the 26th of October 2019 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he had been admitted for some time.

Mr. Owusu was a Veteran Journalist with 45 years of experience. 

He edited both The Christian Messenger and The Presbyterian newspapers for thirty four (34) years and following his retirement in the year 2000, he was appointed the first Public Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.

He served as a part-time Public Relations Officer for the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana, the Mennonite Church Fellowship of Christian Churches in West Africa and the historic Adventist Church of Ghana.

He finally retired in the year 2006.

Mr. Owusu until his demise on Saturday October 26, 2019, was Ghana’s Co-ordinator for Free Africa Foundation and Director of Global Cheetah Palm Oil Co. Ltd in Ghana.

Mr. Owusu holds a Diploma in Mass Communication and a Certificate in Journalism from the London School of Journalism and the University of Lagos, Institute of Mass Communication.

He practiced in Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia and attended many courses in Ghana and overseas.

Mr. Owusu was a founding member of the Private Newspaper Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) and the first interim President of the Association in 1991.

Mr. Owusu served on many Committees set up by the Ghana Journalists’ Association (GJA) and was honoured in 1999 for his contributions to the development of journalism in Ghana.

The Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Christian Media Association have also honoured him. 
His death and departure from us at this time is indeed a big blow to the entire nation and the media fraternity in particular given his stature, depth of knowledge and his contributions to the growth of the industry in Ghana.

The Executives and the Board of PRINPAG express their condolences to the children and the entire members of the bereaved families and to the media fraternity that has lost an astute, a gem and an illustrious professional, whose professional work has contributed immensely to the vibrancy of the media we see in Ghana today.
Mr. G. B. K. Owusu, has paid his dues to the shaping of the media industry in Ghana and he will forever be remembered for his immense contributions to the Ghanaian media.

May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace
Mr. G. B. K. Owusu, Damirifa Due!

Signed:
Andrew Edwin Arthur, President

Source: News Desk

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