From music to politics: Obour appointed as acting Managing Director of Ghana Post Company Limited

President Akufo-Addo has appointed Bice Osei Kuffour, popularly known as Obour, as the Ag. Managing Director of the Ghana Post Company Limited.

In his new office, Mr Kuffuor will be expected to ensure the expansion of the company’s postal network to viable areas and improve service to non-viable areas.

For the short time he has been participating in active partisan national politics, the former musician and MUSIGA President has been able to grab President Akuffo Addo’s attention.

Obour became a politician when he contested to be Parliamentary Candidate on the NPP ticket ahead of the 2020 election, but lost in the primaries by 64 votes, to Kwaku Asante Boateng, the current Member of Parliament for the constituency.

Obour’s story is not strange as some players in the creative arts industry in recent times have confidently come to show they could be good politicians.

Obour’s tale is not unusual, as some individuals in the creative arts industry have recently demonstrated that they have the potential to be good politicians too.

The likes of Dzifa Gomashie, MP for Ketu South, Kwame Dzokoto who contested for the Parliamentary seat in Tarkwa Nsuem in the 2016 election, John Dumelo, Parliamentary Candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon on the ticket of NDC in the 2020 election.

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This indicates that these individuals’ knowledge is not confined to the creative arts industry, but also includes the ability to play important roles in the country’s governance process.

Mr Kuffour graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon, with a degree in political science and information studies, as well as a certificate in global leadership from the Aspen Institute in Colorado, USA

From 2017 to 2021, he served on the National Folklore Board; from 2013 to 2018, he served on the Executive Board of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM); from 2013 to 2017, he served on the Advisory Board of the School of Performing Arts (SPA), University of Ghana, Legon; and from 2016 to 2017, he served as the Executive Director of the Ghana Tourism Booster Project.

Bice Osei Kuffour served as President of the Musicians Union of Ghana for eight years, from October 2011 to August 2019.

During that time, he successfully energized the Union and created initiatives such as the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWEF), Musiga Academy with NAFTI, Ajumapa loans, and Musiga Grandball, which received support from all sitting presidents of Ghana.