Information on The Statesman, including when it began publication, its its political orientation and any affiliation to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and information on the NPP Newsletter [GHA24144.E]

The following information was provided during a 21 May 1996 telephone interview with a representative of the New Patriotic Party in New York.

The Statesman was founded in 1991 by two leading NPP members, Nana Akufo-Ado and Amoako Tuffour, and is published weekly by Kinesic Communications, a privately owned publishing firm. Although The Statesman was not established by the NPP, it became the voice of the NPP in Ghana.

NPP Newsletter was founded in the United States in 1993 but a lack of funding forced it to cease publication in 1995. NPP Newsletter maintained an irregular publication schedule; when published, print runs averaged 5,000 copies, of which 200 were occasionnally distributed in Ghana. The official NPP newsletter in Ghana is NPP Alternative.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


National People's Party, New York. 21 May 1996. Telephone interview with representative.