Sir Sam Jonah Declines Mahama’s Offer, Reveals Past Rejection of Similar Role from Rawlings

Renowned business icon Sir Sam Jonah has firmly dismissed rumors of his potential candidacy as former President John Mahama’s running mate for the upcoming 2024 election. In an exclusive statement to Metro TV’s ‘Good Evening Ghana,’ Sir Jonah clarified his lack of interest in venturing into politics, emphasizing that he has no inclination whatsoever to enter the murky world of politics.

Sir Jonah also revealed that he had previously declined offers to serve as Vice President under former President Jerry John Rawlings in the 1990s. He explained that if he had been interested, he would have readily assumed the position during the 1992 and 1996 elections.

Media speculations suggesting Mr. Jonah as the running mate for National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer John Mahama were dismissed by Sir Jonah as baseless and lacking any factual basis.

Sir Sam Jonah, an internationally acclaimed business figure, played a pivotal role as the Chief Executive Officer of Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited from 1986 onwards. Under his leadership, the company underwent a remarkable transformation from a single-mine operation into a multinational enterprise.

In a significant achievement, Ashanti became the first African operating company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1996, in addition to its existing listings in London and Ghana.

Following the merger of Ashanti with AngloGold Limited, Sir Jonah assumed the position of Executive President of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, the world’s second-largest gold producer, in May 2004.

Throughout his illustrious career, Sir Jonah has received numerous honors and accolades. In 2003, he was bestowed with an Honorary Knighthood as Knight Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II and Head of the Commonwealth.

In 2006, he was also honored with Ghana’s highest national distinction, the Companion of the Order of the Star. Additionally, CNN and Time Magazine recognized him in December 2004, including him in their list of the world’s 25 most influential business personalities, applauding his contributions to management, ethics, marketing, and innovation on a global scale.

Sir Sam Jonah’s impact and legacy transcend industries, as evident from the five Lifetime Achievement awards he has received, with the most recent being the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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