“I met my wife when we were both very young. She must have been about 18 or 19. We knew each other and then we went our different ways. And then about 17 or 18 years ago when her father died, I had not been able to go to his funeral. He was one of the senior people that we knew so when it was the tenth anniversary of his death, I decided that I would go; and there she was, looking excellent… And I said to myself, ‘My goodness! It is good to see this girl again’. I don’t know whether I said in me this should be my wife, but I said it is good to see her again. I started seeing her and dating her. She had been living in England and working there as a Secretary in a law firm. I went to England a few times, she also came down a few times. Then after about six months of our meeting, we met sometime, I think in July or August of 1996, and by April 1997, we got married. April just gone by, the 12, was the 18th anniversary of our marriage.”
Asked by Bola Ray what type of husband he was, Nana Addo said his wife, Rebecca—daughter of Third Republic’s Speaker of Parliament, Griffiths Randolph, and a potential First Lady—was the best person to answer that question.
“She would be the best person to assess me. But I hope I am a good husband. I have a problem because of the work that I do. I am mostly not around as I should. I am either travelling around the country, I am outside Accra, up country and even when I am in Accra, I am in meetings all day long and sometimes at nights; so the companionship that she should get from me is not there.
“Fortunately for me, she does not complain and she understands this is what she has got herself into. She does not complain. But I know like anybody, I am sure she would appreciate if I was more. So in that side of it, I think I am deficient. But in terms of affection or being considerate, I am fine. I want to thank her very much for her solidarity and support,” Nana Addo explained.
A Freelance Journalist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Editor-in-Chief of www.233times.com. A contributory writer for Ghanaian Chronicle Newspaper. An alumnus of Adisadel College where he read General Arts. He holds first degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana; Political Science (major) and History (minor). He has also pursued MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy with Public Relations (PR) at the Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom. He is a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow (YALI) who studied at Clark Atlanta University on the Business and Entrepreneurship track. His mentors are Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Sam Jonah, Kwaku Sakyi Addo and Piers Morganview all posts by: Nana Kwesi Coomson
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