Ghana is one of the countries where free speech is very prevalent among both youth and adults alike.
As a result, it is very easy to find people from all walks of life engaging in public discourse and contributing their views on issues.
This sort of vociferation has been aided by the advent of social media, which seems to have all of a sudden given every citizen a voice irrespective of class or social status.
Over the past one month, Ghanaians have been talking, with the dominant subject centered on issues relating to the banking sector.
However, issues cannot be discussed without referring to the personalities involved; and more so when these issues have to do with money.
Below are five families whose names are on the lips of almost every Ghanaian right now:
1. The Otabil Family
The past week has been dominated by discussions surrounding the role of Pastor Mensa Otabil in the collapse of the defunct Capital Bank.
The founder of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) was allegedly aware of a GHc 610 million liquidity support from the central bank which was diverted into other business.
Having been board chairman of Capital Bank at the time, the preacher has divided opinion in the public, with some Ghanaians “standing with him’ while others believe he should take blame for the misuse of the money and the subsequent collapse of the bank.
2. The Patty Family
Another family that has been in the news in recent times is the Patty Family following controversies over the organisation of the Miss Ghana pageant.
Some former beauty queens have accused organisers of the pageant of using them as pimps and failing to honour their promises to the eventual winners.
Inna Patty, who is the CEO of Exclusive Events, organisers of the beauty pageant, has been the one to contend with most of these allegations and that has therefore got her name often being discussed in the media.
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3. The Appiah Mensah Family
By now, every Ghanaian is very familiar with the name Appiah Mensah due to the success of one young man with that family name.
CEO of Zylofon Media and Menzgold Ghana, Nana Appiah Mensah, has recently been up for discussion to the ongoing tag or war between his latter company and the Bank of Ghana.
The central bank has accused Menzgold of taking deposits, which the gold dealer's firm is not licensed for. However, Menzgold Ghana has also refuted these claims, insisting the company is working legally. This has prompted a major discussion in the media, with musicians and other celebrities even getting involved.
4. Akufo-Addo Family
Unsurprisingly, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, finds himself in the list of families being talked about the most in the country.
Being the first gentleman of the land comes with a lot of things, and one of those, rather unfortunately, is always being in the spotlight.
In a recent address, President Akufo-Addo made mention of the fact that “this dog cannot be hanged” in relation to his political opponents trying to label his government and family as corrupt. However, social media immediately went berserk, with some comparing the “dog” moniker to that of former president Mahama who was often referred to as a ‘dead goat’ based on his own utterances. Let’s just say Ghanaians play too much.
5. The Duffour Family
The Duffour family has also made the headlines over the last couple of weeks for various reasons, albeit all being relating to the banking sector.
Dr. Kwabena Duffour Snr may have taken a relaxed stance in recent years, but his son, Dr. Kwabena Duffour Jnr, is still actively involved in the running of the family businesses.
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Unfortunately, though, the collapse of UniBank, which was being chaired by Dr. Duffour Jnr, has seen the family name make the headlines for all the wrong reasons. There are reports that the board of the bank forged misused the banks funds, which left the Bank of Ghana with no choice than to merge it with four other struggling local banks. But this is a matter that has dragged the Duffour family into the media.
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