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Politics of Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Source: GNA

Co-founder of CPP to be buried in Tamale at the weekend

Tamale, Oct. 11, GNA - The final funeral rites of Mr Ebenezer Adam, reputed to have suggested the name Convention People's Party (CPP), which was accepted by founders of the Party, would take place in Tamale from October 14 to October 16. Mr Adam, who was CPP Member of Parliament for Gilpegu- Nanton in 1960 and a traditional elder with the title Duloglana, passed away at the Tamale Teaching Hospital on August 29, this year, after a short illness.

He was born in 1919 in Tamale and attended the local Government Middle Boarding School from 1927 to 1934, where he obtained the Standard Seven School Leaving Certificate. He taught at the Methodist Mission Schools in Asokore, Bekwai and Achinakrom, in the Ashanti Region as well as Tamale in the Northern Region from 1940 to 1949.

Mr Adam resigned from teaching in 1950 and became the CPP's Propaganda Secretary for the Northern and Upper Regions and was subsequently elected as the first Chairman of the Tamale Urban Council, a position he held until 1958. The Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah Regime chose him as a member of the first Ghana delegation to the United Nations and also attended the UN session in 1959 and 1960.

He was appointed Northern Regional Commissioner in 1964 till the CPP was overthrown in 1966.

Mr Adam served on the nation's delegation to the Organisation of African Unity now African Union conference in Nigeria and Egypt as well as the US and the UK.

He made a mark by helping to translate and publishing Grims Fairy Tales in Dagbani which was titled 91Tinduya Salima'. An investigation set up under the Chairmanship of Annie Jiagge Assets Commission to probe Dr Nkrumah's officials found him a 93clean man" who was not corrupt and lived within his means. Mr Adam left behind a wife and 12 children including Alhaji Yakubu Kasule, Chairman of Gbewaa Group of Companies.