The deputy communications director for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kofi Agyepong, has been appointed a deputy director of communications at Jubilee House, the seat of the Office of the President.
At the same time, Jefferson Sackey, who is currently a member of the communications directorate at Jubilee House, has also been elevated to serve as a deputy communications director in the Office of the President.
Agyepong and Sackey will both serve in the role previously occupied by Fatimatu Abubakar, who is now the deputy minister of information.
Kofi Agyepong, a well-known personality in the Ghanaian media, is a political communication consultant and NPP stalwart.
He is a graduate of Leicester University in the UK, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in media and public relations in 2019. Between 2008 and 2010, Agyepong attended the Africa University College of Communications, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies in 2010.
He previously attended Kumasi High School between 2000 and 2002, where he obtained his senior high school certificate.
As a qualified, university-trained journalist, Agyepong was a prolific writer for the Graphic Sports newspaper in Ghana and the Guardian in the UK. He is a member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), which is the world’s largest professional PR body.
Jefferson Kwamina Sackey is a multiple-award-winning Ghanaian journalist, media consultant, film-maker and PR strategist. He is known for his quality presentation skills and command of international issues.
Sackey was the media relations officer to the current president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, while he served as Ghana’s foreign minister and he also serves as his personal archivist.
He worked as a news presenter at the Accra-based radio station Joy FM in the Multimedia Group.
Sackey was born at Senya Beraku in the Awutu Senya District of Ghana, but moved to Accra with his parents at a tender age. He attended the Riis Memorial School for his elementary and junior high school education.
Sackey’s media talent was uncovered at the tender age of nine when he featured on the popular kids’ shows Children’s Own and By the Fireside, both on GTV.
While still in secondary school, he hosted the teenage magazine programme Teen Beat in the late 1990s.
In 1994 he continued his education at one of Ghana’s most prestigious high schools, Accra High School. He later enrolled at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he offered journalism and later attended the Deutsche Welle TV Training Institute in Berlin, Germany.
Sackey launched his career in journalism in 2005 as a lead news anchor with TV Africa. He later hosted his own global affairs show, JS International Assignment, which later became The Jefferson Sackey Report, a first-class news documentary production, going beyond the headlines to tell in-depth stories and from many points of view.
The show, first broadcast on TV Africa, was syndicated on Joy News in Ghana and global news channels such as Afroglobal Television in Canada.
He served as the public relations officer for Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2007, working closely with Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, then foreign minister in the government of John Agyekum Kufuor.
During the 2007 NPP primaries Jefferson released the documentary Pushing the Ghanaian and African Agenda, a feature highlighting the diplomatic and international strengths of the then candidate Nana Akufo-Addo.
The two newly appointed deputy communications directors at the Presidency are expected to work closely with Eugene Arhin, the director of communications, to spearhead information flow from the Office of the President.
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