John Kumah, deputy minister for finance, dies

John Ampontuah Kumah was the Member of Parliament for Ejisu and had been a deputy minister for finance in the Akufo-Addo administration since 2021

John Kumah, a deputy minister for finance, has reportedly died, a source close to the family has confirmed to Asaase News.

Kumah, who was last seen in Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, died on his way to hospital on Thursday (7 March).

The Member of Parliament for Ejisu, in the Ashanti Region, Kumah was a lawyer and an entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in leadership, creativity, innovation and resourcefulness in creating jobs and supporting youth development.

As the first chief executive officer for the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), he successfully positioned the NEIP as the enabler of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana. Under his leadership, the programme trained the staff of 7,000 start-ups in 2018 under the Presidential Business Support Programme and supported 1,350 beneficiaries with funds.

Before he began working for government, Kumah was the founding member and managing partner of the law firm Aduaprokye Chambers. He also worked as the founder of Majak Associates Ltd, a building and construction company.

In November 2020, Kumah received a doctorate in business innovation from the Swiss Business School in Switzerland. Before then, he had acquired a Master’s degree in applied business research from the same business school in 2019.

Divine calling

His rich educational background also includes a postgraduate diploma in applied business research, gained in 2019 from the Nobel International Business School (NIBS).

In 2009, he earned an Executive Master’s degree in business administration (with a specialisation in finance) from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

His higher education all began at the University of Ghana, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with philosophy, a Bachelor of Arts degree in law (LLB) in 2011 and a professional law certificate from the Ghana School of Law in 2013. He was admitted to the Ghana Bar that same year.

As an entrepreneur by birth, a lawyer by profession, a politician by choice and a preacher by divine calling, he saw none of these as an accident, but a call to serve humanity.

Married to Apostle Lilian Kumah, he was a family man with six children.

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