Re-open Radio Gold to honor late Kwesi Sainti Baffoe-Bonnie – Journalist appeals to Pres Akufo-Addo

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Our boss has passed on. Yes! He has passed on so peacefully to eternal glory and the only one honour Ghana can give him is to ensure Network Broadcasting Company , operators of Radio Gold 90..5 was brought back on Air.
This is a special appeal to the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “it is not the length of life, but the depth of life.” This still holds today as it’s really not how long you live on this earth but the impact you make that matters.
Often times people judge the dead by their wealth and material acquisition. But does that really matter? I really don’t think so, no wonder most people celebrate mediocrity.

People should be judged by what they do to help humanity and not what they acquire. What helps and develops the human race certainly is not money or houses nor cars, but the love, care, affection, sympathy and attention we give to society especially the weak and the “wretched of the earth.” Above all a simple smile could lift souls and raise hopes. It heals and glows in the darkest of corners. Such was the man Kwasi Sainti Baffoe Bonnie aka Baboo.

Good things don’t last anyways, but hey, Babo impacted lives positively. He raised “giants” in both the Media industry and politics and business . He knew his stuff and used that to make Radio Gold to become one of the best Radio stations in the heart and minds of millions of listerners across the globe.

Some of his ‘disciples’ were: Micky Osei Berko, Kwame Sefa Kayi of Peace Fm, Shirley Frimpong Manso, B.B Menson, spokesperson to John Mahama 2020 campaign Hon, James Agyenim Boateng, Kofi Otchere Darko of 1957 fame.
The rest were: Deputy Director of Communications for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Obuobia Darko Opoku, Roland A. Steven, Omansumfo Nana Yaw Kwakye, Lawyer Nii Arday Clegg, Paul Adom Otchere (Metro TV), Kweku Sakyi Addo, Kwame Baah Nuako among a host of others.

The Power Station was one of the early private Radio Stations in Accra and was owned and founded by the guru, Babo.

He made Radio become a household name via solid programming and the best of presenters and producers. He was strict, fair and firm and was ever smiling and cracking jokes. It was fun to be with him at Radio Gold.

It’s unfortunate our Babo died at the time his powerful Radio Station was in coma. It’s unfortunate that such a great man should die and his own mouthpiece is silenced. Indeed he was a gem, genius, creative, thinker and above all sober.

He had the Midas touch and used it to bless lives, imparted Wisdom and knowledge, gave millions opportunities and touched the hearts and minds of many. No wonder his bosom friend and former President of Ghana, John Mahama described him as a friend and a brother, “Lost a friend, comrade and a brother. RIP Kwesi Sainti Baffoe Bonnie (Babo) 😥.

Death is inevitable we know, but sometimes the way it comes is scary and devastating but, who are we to question God? For death is ridiculous, because as long as you are not dead you are alive, and when you are dead, there is nothing more to worry about. From Radio Gold to the seat of government where he worked closely with his buddy President John Mahama was without any allegation of wrong doing.

He was a gentleman. A fine gentleman who smiled at every shade of face. I pray the ancestors receive him gently and peacefully. May he continue his goodness in the after world. May he keep an eye on his numerous “children” and shower them with blessings.

Upon the painful death of Babo, I make a decent and passionate appeal to government especially H.E President Akufo-Addo to intervene to ensure Radio Gold is back On Air in his honor. How he would have wished Radio Gold and all other affected media houses were brought back before his untimely demise.

Your Excellency, since the closure of the station a few years ago, life had not been easy for affected workers of these Media houses which were closed down. It would be a feather in your cup as a listening President, to use your high office to re open Radio Gold and the other stations.

It is not in dispute that Radio Gold 90.5 had played a critical role in both the Media landscape and the nation’s democracy under the Fourt Republican constitution.

Workers and the public will clap in glee and appreciation should you tamper justice with mercy and ensure the station is brought back to life.

It would be a great honour to Mr. Baffoe Bonnie (deceased) if Radio Gold is given the nod to continue operations.

Workers had been watching from a distance praying for your high office to intervene in the matter and all outstanding issues settled. The building and machines are rotten away and this is heart breaking to day the least.

Babo gave many what money couldn’t buy. He was the magical hands that turned negative ideas into positive and useful . He thought about the progress of Ghana more than Ghana itself. You fought a good fight Sir! He gave us what we even didn’t ask for!

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

Rest in Power, Baboo

By: Samuel Ablordeppey
Guerrilla Jounalist

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