Kojo Bonsu for Presidency

I have always done things the ‘hard way’, the way that gets lasting results. I am a man of action, a person who has proven himself in the world of business where tangible results are the only measure of success. At the same time, however, my experience has made me a real team player who understands that we all need to surrender to a higher purpose and so my ‘calling to serve’ runs through my veins.

“As a Social Democrat, I am committed to policies aimed at curbing inequality, reducing poverty and encouraging prosperity. Also, I have a stated mission to support interventions to promote social justice. My role is not simply to hear the voice of the majority but to be that voice and then to act on it in an informed and energetic manner.”

Kojo Bonsu
Presidential Candidate

I was born in Kumasi in 1960 to Offinsohemaa Nana Adwoa Pokuaa and Kojo Mensa-Bonsu, who was commander of the worker’s brigade at Sekyere Odumase. My parents believed in building a child’s strength of character, and so in keeping with tradition I was sent to live with relatives. I was four years old at the time. Just two years after moving away from home my father unexpectedly passed away, and I returned to live with my mother. It was not easy growing up without a father, but I found strength on the sports field, excelling at both hockey and soccer.

It was in my senior years at school, I discovered that I had talents as a leader and administrator. With the backing of my peers, I accepted the role of school team manager, an appointment that Foreshadowed a future role. In 1992 I became part of the team, managing the Black Stars, some thirteen years later, I became team manager of the Ghana National Soccer Team. But before reaching that point, life would throw me another curvedball. In 1979, during my final school examinations, my mother passed away, which led to my decision to move to London.

On my return to Ghana, I staged a major concert with the world-renowned Afro-rock group Osibisa, packing the Accra Sports Stadium to capacity. With this success under my belt, I entered the export business, winning a contract to supply pineapples to distributors in Holland. Then as suddenly as it all began, it ended. I had just found out the hard way how difficult it was for a young person to raise funding. However, determined not to be beaten, I went on to establish what would become Ghana’s largest screen printing business. My dealings with large international companies opened doors to the corporate world, and in 1994 Adidas International offered me the position of representative for West Africa, which led to me playing a leading role in football administration across the West African region.

Amongst many other lessons, my years in soccer management taught me the importance of encouraging young people to realise their God-given potential. I also witnessed the ‘power of unity’ and saw what people can achieve when they work together towards a common goal. “The Ghana As One event (Ghana’s 50th Anniversary Dinner)”, which remains the second largest in Ghana’s history, was organised and managed by me as an expression of Ghanaian Unity.

Throughout my journey I have been a committed Social Democrat and member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). I have served the party at every opportunity. In 2013, I took on the role of Mayor of Kumasi and under my leadership the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly initiated and delivered many infrastructural projects, including the redevelopment of the Kejetia Central Market and the modernisation of Rattray Park.

I have always done things the ‘hard way’, the way that gets lasting results. I am a man of action, a person who has proven himself in the world of business where tangible results are the only measure of success. At the same time, however, my experience has made me a real team player who understands that we all need to surrender to a higher purpose and so my ‘calling to serve’ runs through my veins.