By Narko Abroma Walker
The Bittersweet Pill of Politics is a new publication on the bookshelves. The author, Madam Ama Bame Busia, received rousing accolades from top political leaders at the launch of her memoir. The ovation is for standing out in her political life.
Ama Bame Busia started her education at the Wenchi Methodist School. In class three, she left and finished her education at the Methodist Middle Girls’ School in Kumasi. The teacher trained for her profession at the Komenda Training College. Described as an inspiring woman, she had been a colossus in Ghana’s politics, especially in the New Patriotic Party, rising to become the third and later the National Vice-Chairperson of the party as well as a member of the Council of State under former President J.A. Kufuor. 86-year-old Ama Busia studied Institutional Management and Catering at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London while in exile with her brother, Dr. Kofi Abrefa Busia.
Reviewing the book, Madam Elizabeth Ohene told a story of her humble beginnings—seven times arrested and three months in detention during General Acheampong’s regime—through to what is described as her sweet days under Ex-President Kufuor as a Council of State member.
She received applause from the Vice-President who also launched the book, her son and Chief Executive of DVLA, Mr. Kwasi Agyeman Busia, Publisher of her book, and others, for her role in nation-building.
A message from former President Mahama, through his 2020 running mate, Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyeman, said Madam Ama Busia deserves to be celebrated.
Madam Ama Busia encouraged more women to enter politics.
Former President Kufuor shared some fond memories about Madam Busia in their youth and congratulated her for her work.
The President, who is in Qatar to cheer on the Black Stars to victory, joined virtually and praised Ama Busia for her role in politics. President Akufo-Addo bought a few copies of the memoir after his message.