A former JCR President's tribute to Bawumia's special aide

A former JCR President's tribute to Bawumia's special aide
Source: Ghana|Benjamin Akyena
Date: 28-11-2016 Time: 05:11:03:pm
Benjamin Akyena

News report that I will be one of the great friends Kwabena Boadu will miss should death come his way broke my heart.

However, I take consolation in the eternal truth espoused by Marjory Stoneman Douglas .
"Life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary."

Such was the life of Mr Kwabena Boadu, Press Secretary to Dr Bawumia, running mate to Nana Akuffo Addo.

Kwabena Boadu in blue shirt

At 29 years, he had done enough to arrest national and international attention in his favour.

In the words of Gabby Asare Otchere- Darko, founder and publisher of The Stateman News Paper,  Kwabena Boadu ' was not just the Press Secretary to Bawumia.

He was, essentially, Bawumia's right hand man. A special aide, a trusted advisor, intelligent, passionate, calm, discreet, loyal, funny, hardworking, committed, loyal to his boss, party and country. You cannot imagine what a huge loss his death is to us all- and I mean party and country. '
Those are indeed very kind words for the young man.

As we mourn Kwabena Boadu, and paeans pour in for him, we should soberly reflect on our own death.
What should you be remembered for ?

As Efua Sutherland succinctly put it, 'crying the death of day of another is crying your own death. '

Many of us are only busily chasing money and working harder still for more. We don't seem to have had enough. Indeed, money and the appetite for more has made us bury ourselves in marriages we don't want, jobs we don't want, friends we don't want, environments we don't want and consequently lives we don't want.

I ask again. What should you be remembered for?
Remember, nobody goes to the grave with money. No.
Steve Jobs did not and certainly not you. You will leave behind all the many titles and positions you have acquired as means to more money.

But we can learn from young Boadu what many adults have failed to teach us by exemplary lifestyle.
A good name.
Kwabena earned a good name by the many he helped with his gift of writing.
In my case, he was only a first year student when he came to me ( I was then in level three hundred ) to help with my political ambition as JCR President of Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana.
He was too young for that and never looked like one who was exploiting an advantage for his own political future one day. He just wanted to help.
That is what brought us together. Kwabena wanted to help.

Our inordinate selfishness, greed and insatiable passion for money must give way.  We must want to help.

Politicians must be in political office because they want to help and so must the motives that drive all of our actions irrespective of what we do. It should be for the sake of helping others.

It is not difficult to realize that what our world needs is not men seeking for their own glory and attention. The world is already bleeding from enough of such men who have ravished,  violated and vanquished the sanity and sanctity of our world. Our world needs help.

Like Jesus Christ, Kwame Nkrumah and Matin Luther King Junior, Boadu offered help.

Kwabena failed to live a long life. Yet he made a name by the help he brought others in his short life .

' Kwabena rest in peace. You did well.
History will be kind to you.
If I had my own way,  your epitaph will simply read. ' Here lies a man who once helped me. '