Magazine article New African

Goodnight, Good Knight: Anver Versi, Editor of African Business, Pays Homage to Setorwu Gagakuma, a Member of the New African Family and Our Former Correspondent and Representative in Ghana Who Died on 8 October

Magazine article New African

Goodnight, Good Knight: Anver Versi, Editor of African Business, Pays Homage to Setorwu Gagakuma, a Member of the New African Family and Our Former Correspondent and Representative in Ghana Who Died on 8 October

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In my profession, I meet many people, from many countries on a day by day basis; some become good acquaintances, a very few become good friends. Setorwu Gagakuma (or Seto, as we called him) was the best friend I had not only in Ghana but throughout the West African region. He was a man of many talents--an excellent journalist who wrote with style, elegance and originality.

But for IC Publications (the parent company of New African, African Business and The Middle East magazines), he was more than a journalist. He was our advertising representative, he looked after the circulation and in general, he helped us out in all sorts of ways.

I liked Seto from the very first day I met him, in London during a cold winter in 1985. He was not dressed for the weather and was obviously suffering but he had that wonderful smile that was his trademark. I soon discovered that I was not the only person who warmed to Seto immediately--he was a most popular man in Accra and seemed to know everybody.

Within minutes of meeting Seto, I was telling him my life story and we had become fast friends. Perhaps the reason why everybody loved him was because he genuinely cared for others. He always had time to listen to other people and their problems and he went out of his way to help anyone he could.

And he had this wonderful sense of humour. He always made you laugh. He was also a great raconteur--I spent hours driving with him all over Ghana and the journeys sped past as I listened to his stories about real people and situations.

What was most outstanding about him was his attitude to people--he was never harsh or cynical even towards people who had dealt with him very badly. He was a genuinely kind and forgiving man although he had some of the sharpest observations of human foibles of anybody I know.

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Seto introduced me to an aspect of Ghana that I believe few outsiders ever get to see. I began to see Ghana through his eyes. What did I see? I saw a deep love and respect for his country and its people. He was proud to be Ghanaian. He lived its history and culture and he opened up a treasure house of wonders for me to experience.

Selina, his wife, and the rest of his family adopted me. …

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