- Freemasons, an ancient secret society championing human progress, continue to pique the interest of Ghanaians from all walks of life
- In Ghana, some members of society wield enormous power with the positions they hold at public or private institutions
- YEN.com.gh has compiled a list of lesser-known Freemasons in Ghana and what members and the society as a whole contribute to the country
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The interest generated by a recent photo of Deputy Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin wearing the famous Masonic apron demonstrates that many Ghanaians remain highly fascinated by the secret society.
Some deep digging has found that Freemasons hold very high positions in both public and private institutions but whose membership is unknown.
YEN.com.gh presents 10 members of the Freemason in top positions in Ghana and how their membership in this ancient secret society contributes to national development.
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1. Dr Ernest Addison
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The Governor of the Bank calls the shot at Ghana’s central bank. He has been an active member of the Freemason for many years.
2. Nana Otuo Siriboe
The Chairman of the Council of State is among the prominent traditional rulers who have been admitted into the secret society.
3. Ayikoi Otoo
The accomplished lawyer and politician was once Ghana’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice under former president John Agyekum Kufour. He is currently Ghana's high commissioner to Canada.
4. Albert Kan-Dapaah
Currently the Minister of National Security, Mr Kan-Dapaah is also a chartered accountant. He has been an active member of the Freemason for many years.
5. Papa Owusu-Ankomah
Papa Owusu-Ankomah is an accomplished lawyer and a founding member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He is currently Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland.
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6. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah
The NPP politician is among the less-known personalities who wield significant influence within the governing party. He is currently a cabinet minister and the Minister for Transport.
7. Philip Addison
The experienced lawyer and politician burst onto the public scene during the 2012 Election Petition as lead council for Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia. He is a Senior Partner and co-founder of Addison Bright Sloane.
8. Titus Glover
Mr Glover has been a long-time member of the Freemason but not many people know. He is currently the NPP Member of Parliament for Tema East and Deputy Minister of Transport.
9. Stephen Anti
The experienced journalist and Public Relations expert is among the names only a few people associate with Freemason activism in Ghana. But he remains an active member of the powerful secret society
10. Dr. Nortey Omaboe
The Economist and Corporate Strategy Consultant heads ENOA Ltd as CEO. His firm collaborates with a wide range of international institutions and individuals with strategic business interests in Africa.
How Freemasons contribute to Ghana’s development
Freemasonry remains one of the world’s largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its members come from all walks of life and meet as equals, irrespective of their faith, ethnic group or position in society.
The most important contribution of Freemasonry to any society is inherent in what members call "The Character of a Freemason."
Real Masons are enjoined to distinguish themselves by the uniform unrestrained goodness of his conduct. Masons believe that other men are honest in fear of punishment that the law might impose. Other men are religious in expectation of being rewarded, or because they dread punishment in hell.
However, Freemasons say they remain just and fair even if there were no laws, human or divine except those written in their heart. So in an ideal situation, tolerance, fairness, justice, and a firm aspiration to give off their best in all endeavours remain important character traits of a Mason.
But collectively, Freemasons in Ghana do numerous charity works. At the height of the pandemic in Ghana, the organisation made numerous donations to state institutions. The Grand Lodge of Freemasons in Ghana made a donation of GH¢100,000 to support the construction of the Covid-19 infectious disease isolation and treatment facility at the Ga East Hospital in Accra.
They also donated an ultra-low freezer and test kits to Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to support their work. Freemasons also donate blood constantly to feed the blood bank of the National Blood Service.
Freemasonry is not about human sacrifices - Ghana Lodge
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh reported previously that the Grand Lodge of Ghana has rubbished claims and perceptions that Freemasonry has been engaging in human and other sacrifices for wealth and power.
Per report sighted on Graphic.com.gh, the group is not happy with respect to perception that their main objective is about human sacrifices.
According to the mother body of Freemasons in Ghana, the group has unfortunately become synonymous with occultism and evil practices of idol worship because of the activities of unscrupulous persons who would do anything for fame and wealth.