About The Daily Statesman Newspaper
The Daily Statesman has been Ghana’s oldest mainstream newspaper since 1949. You can reach us on +(233) 24-421-7504.
The mission of The Daily Statesman is to make a courageous, consubstantial, constructive contribution to nation-building, and to the enhancement of the life of every individual citizen of this country, by bringing and maintaining democracy, national leadership, individual and collective responsibility into balance through faith in God, belief in the supreme dignity of humankind, and an uncompromising defence and promotion of the rights and freedoms of every individual to live and let live in a multi-democratic and liberal economic environment, where access to the ladder of vertical socio-economic mobility is opened to all.
The (Daily) Statesman was first established in 1949 by Edward Akufo-Addo, a founding member of the first political party of the Gold Coast, the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC), a party formed with the main objective to win independence for the country.
Edward Akufo-Addo (1906 – 1979) was a founding member of Ghana, one of the Big Six who led the fight for Ghana’s independence from the British colonial order, which was achieved on March 6, 1957. He served in the 1960s as Chief Justice. He served as the President of Ghana from 31 August 1970 until he was deposed in a coup d’etat on 13 January 1972.
The Statesman story is the story of this country’s struggle for freedom. It was a victim of the clamp-down on freedom of expression under the First Republic.
It was revived after the 1966 coup, but suffered once again when dictatorship returned to sweep away the Second Republic under the military rule of Kutu Acheampong in 1972.
The Statesman did not have another revival opportunity with the albeit short sojourn of the Third Republic in 1979. The publisher, Edward Akufo-Addo, died the same year of natural causes.
In 1992, however, his first born son, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, re-established the paper on 14 May 1992, as the country prepared for the return to multi-party democracy. With Nana Akufo-Addo being the campaign manager of the presidential candidate for the main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party, it was only natural that the paper, dubbed a political paper, became effectively the mouthpiece of the NPP.
The role of The Statesman in Ghana’s nascent Fourth Republic became even more obvious and potent as the NPP boycotted the parliamentary election after declaring the presidential ballot “The Stolen Verdict.” Thus, for four years, The Statesman served as the ‘frontbench microphone’ for the opposition without Parliament. The paper was in the frontline in the battle to inject the true values of constitutional rule in Ghana’s politics. The content and sales of the paper, hitting 100,000 copies, reflected this crucial reality.
The paper was managed and edited by Yaw Amfo-Kwakye, an LLB graduate educated in London, with the late Ferdinand Ayim rising quickly to become its Chief Correspondent. By the 1996 general elections, Harunna Atta, a columnist, had become the editor
He (Akufo-Addo) sold The Statesman in August 2004 to his cousin, Ken Ofori-Atta, and Keli Gadzepko, both of Databank Financial Services. The two men are often cited as a prime example of the heights to which Ghanaians can attain.
The Yale- and Harvard-trained bankers have since 1990 turned a $10,000 investment into a multi-million dollar African success story, with Databank as Africa’s leading stockbrokers and asset managers.
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a lawyer and PR consultant who joined the paper on October 1, 2001, after serving it as a columnist and foreign correspondent for seven years, at a point became its Editor-In-Chief, with Frank Agyei-Twum as the Editor and Annaliza Agyare as General Manager.
The Statesman became a daily newspaper on June 12, 2006, symbolically, the day that Ghana made its maiden appearance on the World Cup stage in Germany.
Its current Editor is Kwabena Amankwah, with Joseph Dwamena as the News Editor.
Philosophy of the paper
The philosophy of the paper has always, fundamentally, been to strive for the best for Ghana and her people through freedom. It is conservative in its respect for the traditional order and conviction that traditional value systems should be seen and utilised in forming national identity and facing modern challenges.
It shares deeply Ghanaian faith in the providence of the Almighty.
But, it is also a freethinker and in fact encourages ideas that offer constructive and positive challenges to the status quo, being it psychological or structural.
The paper shares the liberal philosophies of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition, with faith in God, believing in the supreme dignity of humankind, in common love and sense of purpose of all Ghanaians everywhere, and in the right of every individual to freedom of expression, conscience, association and economic advancement, irrespective of class, creed, colour, race, religion or ethnicity.
It shares the concept of property-owning democracy and is committed to the extensive and indiscriminate realisation of that goal, which would see all Ghanaians having access to the ladder of vertical progress and having a proprietary stake in wealth and assets of this nation.