TRIBUTE TO THE LATE SAMUEL
BEST ENNIN, ASHANTI REGIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE GHANA
(BY GJA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE)
Gunmen last month gunned down Samuel Best Ennin, the
Ashanti Regional Chairman the Ghana Journalists
Association in cold blood for reasons that the entire
country is struggling to comprehend. He was having
drinks with some colleagues near his office. Nearly two
months on, the Ghana Police Service is yet to unearth
any clue or bring anyone to justice. Mr Ennin is however
due to be buried on Saturday March 31, 2007. Below is a
tribute in his honour by the National Executive of the
Ghana Journalists Association:
Death they say is a natural disaster and always a grief
to bear; the Ghana Journalists Association has
experienced that many times. This year, we have already
seen at least two of our members cross the river. First,
it was the departure of our senior colleague and friend
Thomas Brentuo, then Eastern Regional Chairman of the
Association. It was followed just about a month ago by
our young colleague Kwarteboi Owoo. Now it is Samuel
Best Ennin who goes. We cannot but agree with Edna St.
“Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, and the kind;
Quietly they go; the intelligent, the witty, and the
I know, but I do not approve. And I am not resigned.”
Every death must be difficult to bear, more so, that of
Samuel Ennin. This is because he was not allowed to die
a natural death. Two wicked cowards walked to him while
he was relaxing on that fateful Friday, February 9, 2007
with some friends after a hard days work, at a drinking
spot in Kumasi and shot him dead.
He was the Ashanti Regional Chairman for two terms
running. He was elected 2004 – 2005 and was re-elected
in 2006 for his dynamism. He loved his work and loved to
serve. He loved the post of Chairman and loved to be
He was a Chairman who was
constantly in touch with the Press Centre in Accra,
discussing with the GJA national executive on how things
could be organised and improved on the media front in
the Ashanti Region.
In fact, the GJA General Secretary spoke with him the
Wednesday before that black Friday. There was to have
been a Media/Small Scale entrepreneurs Dialogue with the
Director of the Ghana Standards Board. But it had to be
postponed due to circumstances beyond the Association’s
control. Chairman Ennin called to inquire about why the
programme had been postponed.
If there had not been a postponement perhaps some of us
would have seen him one more time in his enthusiasm,
running around to ensure that the GJA programme in his
region succeeded. But would that have kept death at bay?
We shudder to think that death has eventually snatched
Chairman Ennin’s dedication and commitment to work and
the development of journalism in Ghana came as no
surprise to many who knew him in his student days at the
Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he graduated with a
Diploma in Journalism in 1991.
He was an active member of the Student Representative
Council of the Institute. He was politely argumentative
and was a hard debater. He stood for justice and for the
weak and poor in society.
When he went on internship from GIJ he worked so hard
and endeared himself to both his colleagues and seniors.
It therefore came as no surprise when the Free Press
offered him a job as a reporter soon after he came out
of the Institute.
While at Free Press he won the Best Environmental
Reporter in 1998 at the GJA Awards. Chairman Ennin
believed in tradition and so will be remembered for
being the only award winner who wore kente to that award
He simply was a jolly good fellow. Who can console us on
this great loss? Nobody except God our Father in Heaven;
and so we rest our case and wish to seek consolation in
“Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live; to
love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must
If life be long, I will be
glad that I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I
be sad to soar to endless day...”
(Methodist Hymn 647)
Chairman Ennin, forgive the world for its cruelty; death
is never kind and so you too are gone; gone just like
all others once born. But we know you are not too far
away; you have just passed over to the other side, where
we all are headed. One by one we cross the river; so we
shall see you again some day.
In fact “There is no death; what seems so is only a
transition. Death is but a path that must be trodden if
man would ever pass to God”. (Henry Wadsworth)
Adieu Chairman Ennin.
Fare thee well Kwabena.
God be with you till we meet again
BY GJA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE,
March 29, 2007