Former Executive Vice President of Unilever Ghana/Nigeria, Yaw Nsarkoh, recently reminisced about a gathering he attended nearly three decades ago, during the days of the “Magnetic Alliance for Change.”
At the gathering, he shared a meal with influential personalities like Kwaku Baako Jr, Charles Biney, Kwesi Pratt Jr, Akoto Ampaw, Stanley Blankson, and now President Akufo-Addo, who was affectionately called the “Decadent Lawyer” at the time.
This gathering took place at President Akufo-Addo’s Nima residence, which also served as a base for other notable figures.
Nsarkoh fondly recalled the unity and camaraderie among these leaders as they worked together to bring about positive change and development for ordinary Ghanaians.
He admired President Akufo-Addo’s courage during the tumultuous Kume Preko demonstration and remembered being at Kwesi Pratt’s residence the night before the march, where there were concerns about potential violence.
Contrasting the past with the present, Nsarkoh lamented the silence of these social change champions in addressing issues like illegal mining (galamsey), which is causing environmental and community damage.
He questioned the absence of bold leadership in the face of such challenges, wondering where the leaders he once knew have gone and whether they are retired or simply tired.