Never Say Die! The Autobiography of a Ghanaian Statesman


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Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has been many things. In this insightful text, Nyaho takes us on a journey through his life, from his childhood in pre-independence Accra, to the year 2013, following Ghana’s seminal encounter with the ballot box in December 2012. His candid and thought-provoking narrative reflects meaningfully on significant (but often forgotten) socio-political events in Ghana. We share in Nyaho’s sobering experiences in some of Ghana’s prisons and detention centres as an inmate. We share in his tumultuous experiences as a football administrator in Ghana. We are also exposed to some of the dynamics that have influenced contemporary politics in Ghana, including the 2012 parliamentary and presidential elections.

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Felix Nii Lantei Odartey-Wellington

Dr. Felix Odartey-Wellington is a professor of Communication at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. A former General Secretary of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), he worked in Ghana as a lawyer in the law firm of Messrs Akufo-Addo, Prempeh & Co, and also as a broadcaster in various media institutions.

Apart from publishing a number of scholarly journal articles, Felix has co-authored a text on Canadian broadcasting policy and regulation.

Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe

Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe is Ghana’s former Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro, and a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ghana’s liberal-democratic party, with roots in the colonial independence movement.

Trained as a physician, he has practiced medicine in Ghana (initially as a member of the Ghana Armed Forces), Nigeria, and the United States. In the seventies, he was detained for his involvement in a coup plot to overthrow General I.K. Acheampong’s Supreme Military Council government. In the eighties, Nyaho served as Management Chair and Board member of Accra Hearts of Oak, Ghana’s premier football club.

When Ghana returned to constitutional governance in the early nineties, Nyaho became one of the founding members of the NPP, and a civil rights activist. He subsequently served as Chair of the Ghana Football Association, before his diplomatic appointment to Serbia and Montenegro in 2005.

Since returning to Ghana in 2009, Nyaho has been a regular media commentator on politics and sports in Ghana. He is also a member of the Council of Patrons of Hearts of Oak, and a member of the Board of Directors of the club. Nyaho is an alumnus of Zion College (Keta) and the Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (Prague).

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Never Say Die! The Autobiography of a Ghanaian Statesman