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Banker Writes On Prince Kofi Amoabeng

June 27, 2014

Stephen Odoi-Larbi

The work and play life of Ghana's three star Most Respected CEO have been chronicled into a book that seeks to entertain and inspire hope, especially, to the youth entering the field of entrepreneurship.

Titled: 'Living Naked: The Wit and Wisdom of Prince Kofi Amoabeng', the captivating book covers the leadership qualities of the former military officer whose leadership qualities and work ethics have brought admiration into the banking industry.

The book authored by Daniel Amusu, Head of Finance and Investment for Unique Trust (UT) Financial Services, Nigeria Limited, was launched in Accra last Tuesday. The simple but effective piece was reviewed by one of Ghana's most celebrated Playwright, Uncle Ebo Whyte.

It has seventeen chapters, with each chapter, given an interesting title to sustain the interest of the reader. Some of the chapters have titles such as: The smelly mouth and the wisest brain; The dirtiest bag; Little drops of water evaporates among many others.

The chapters are short with each introducing the reader to another dimension of the subject. The book has a very reader friendly format, making it easier for the reader to select any chapter on the go. Each chapter begins with an interesting quote either from the subject himself or from some other business leader.

Uncle Ebo Whyte in his review described the book as a must read book since it portrays the picture of Mr. Amoabeng at work and sometimes at play. "It is simple to read but deep like its subject", he noted.

The author, Daniel Amuzu, commenting on the book said he was inspired by three reasons - to give his colleagues in Ghana who do not have any unique opportunity of working with Mr. Amoabeng as taste of what he is made of; To provide a standard to bench mark future political as well as business leaders; and To honour Mr. Amoabeng he personally admires and deeply respects.

"After learning so much from Mr. Amoabeng, I asked myself; how will those without the opportunity to work with him know of his brilliant ideas about time, respect for people, loyalty, courage, and sincerity, tenacity of character, among other things, that will improve the quality of their lives so I wrote this book in an answer to that question," argued the accountant.

He added, "Let me sum it by saying that Mr. Amoabeng's leadership is inspirational. And under inspirational leaders, a lot of things happen such as an accountant writing a biography."

He said Africa has had a few great inspirational leaders in the past but due to the fact that nothing was written about them, they passed on with people completely forgetting about their contributions to the growth of the continent since there were no facts about them.

According to Mr. Amuzu, the success of his boss in transforming UT Bank and its subsidiary companies was a testimony for startup businesses.

Mr. Amoabeng, in a remark, commended the author for immortalizing him. He described both the author and the book as "eccentric" since he finds it difficult to understand why an accountant supposed to be counting figures will veer off his duties and write a book.

According to him, Africa does not have a future if it continues to disrespect systems and institutions put in place to ensure its growth. "The day Africa will respect systems and institutions, the continent will be on the path to recovery", he asserted. More than twenty copies of the book were auctioned at the launch. The first copy was bought by Mr. Amoabeng himself at GH¢20,000.

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Source: AllAfrica

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