On the eve of Tuesday 12 April, 2016, the Obestebi- Lamptey family led by Nii Lante Otanka II, Acting Lante Djan We Mantse, welcomed home the body of Ghana’s distinguished politician and marketing communication professional – Jacob Nii Lantei Otanka Obestebi-Lamptey, fondly called Jake. The body of the late former party chairman arrived the Kotoka International Airport, Ghana, on board British Airways Flight Number 081.
The body was received by major bigwigs of the New Patriotic Party including former president John Agyeman Kufuor, NPP 2016 flag bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, former Minister of State Hackman Owusu Agyemang, and some executives of the NPP. See some of the photos captured at the airport:
A short sombre ceremony was held at the airport in which a priest said short prayers before his body was taken away at around after 7:00 pm.
Jake died at age 70 in London, United Kingdom on Sunday 20 March, 2016 at the hospital where he was admitted to be treated of an undisclosed illness. He was the immediate past National Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
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Jacob was indisputably a statesman. His thoughts, words and deeds justify this assertion. In a country badly polarized by partisan politics, particularly between supporters and sympathizers of the two dominant parties – NDC and NPP – people like him provide a calming influence and voice of reason. He belonged to a diminishing band of politicians who hold fast to decent principles.
The late Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, will be laid to rest on Friday, April 22, 2016. This was disclosed by Nii Lante Otanka II, Acting Lante Djan We Mantse. According to him, “The first part of the funeral will be a pre-burial service on April 21, 2016, at the Accra Ridge Church, from 6pm to 10pm. This he said, will be a Celebration of his Life, and in accordance with Jake’s wishes, the attire will be ‘Joyful Colours’.
He further explained that, “The second part will be a burial, Funeral and Thanksgiving Service on April 22, 2016, at the forecourt of the State House, and again, in accordance with his wishes, the attire will be white.” The body of the late NPP Chairman, he added, will be laid to rest at a private funeral ceremony.
These arrangements were made known by Nii Lante Otanka II, together with members of the family of the late Chairman, including his brothers, Afadi and Nii Lantey, when they called on the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at his Nima residence on Monday, April 4, 2016, to inform him of the final funeral arrangements.
Jake’s Early Life
Jacob Obetsebi-Lamptey was born in Accra , Ghana in 1946. He was the second son of Emmanuel Odarkwei Obetsebi-Lamptey, a prominent lawyer and politician, and a member of the big six of Ghana. Jake had his primary education in Accra. In September 1955, Jake’s father decided to save them from possible harm due to political upheavals and so Jake and his brother were sent to England to continue their schooling there.
His career began to take off in the UK where he mastered the art of integrated communication. He later went into politics in which he held several posts and made numerous remarkable achievements before his demise.