11 facts you probably didn’t know about KB Asante

11 facts you probably didn’t know about KB Asante

Kwaku Baprui Asante, popularly known as KB Asante, was a Ghanaian retired diplomat, writer and politician who was born on March 1, 1924.

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Deceased Ghanaian Diplomat, KB Asante, dressed in a grey suit
The late Ghanaian diplomat, KB Asante

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He was the Secretary to Ghana's First President, Dr. Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah and also served under most Ghanaian Heads of States.

Starting from Kwame Nkrumah, and also as the Principal Secretary at African Affairs Secretariat from 1960 to 1966.

The respected Diplomat started his education at O’Reilly Educational Institute, Tudu, Government Junior Boys’ School, Adabraka, and Government Senior Boys School, Kinbu, from 1927 to 1937.

He then proceeded to Achimota School (then College), before securing admission to Durham University in Britain to obtain a BSc Mathematics in 1952.

After his BSC programme, KB then became a member of the Institute of Statisticians in 1953, before returning to Achimota College, where he taught mathematics in 1953–1955.

Mr Asante became Ghana’s Ambassador to Switzerland and the United Nations Offices in Geneva and the UN establishment in Vienna, with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Australia from 1967-1972.

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After that mandate, he also served as the Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Economic Community from 1976-1978.

The diplomat then retired from the Civil Service in 1978 to form the Social Democratic Front to contest the 1979 elections where his party won three parliamentary seats in elections.

However, he also served as the Secretary for Trade and Tourism in the PNDC administration in 1982 and later Secretary for Education and Culture from 1986-1990, before bowing out of service.

As part of his service to awaken the conscience of the nation, KB also contributed as a writer and columnist for Daily Graphic to inspire many Ghanaians with his feature articles which targeted governance, economy, social development and other important sectors.

KB Asante who celebrated his 93rd birthday last year was said to be a dedicated Christian who played a very instrumental role in the Catholic Church even at old age.

The retired diplomat finally died on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Accra.

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