Lepowura MND Jawula, a sub chief in the Lepo gate of the Kpembe traditional area died on January 22, 2023, USA. Late Lepowura MND Jawula has a beautiful autobiography for you, kindly read along.
LEPOWURA MND JAWULA, WHO AM I ??
At birth I am of the stock of the Lepo gate of the Kpembe traditional area.
I attended Kpandai Primary and Middle schools and proceeded to Tamale Secondary school in 1961.
While in Upper sixth and as senior Prefect I won an award to continue with my sixth form in Marling school in Stroud in Gloucestershire in England.
I returned to Ghana after the programme in 1968 to gain admission in UCC where I read English and Economics.
While in UCC I was President of the National union of Ghana Students (NUGS).
After graduation in 1972 I did 2 years teaching in Tamasco and went back to school in the University of Ghana, Legon for
an MA in African studies specialising in African literature.
After Legon I joined the civil service of Ghana and served as Assistant DCE in Yendi in 1976( the days when senior civil servants were appointed DCEs in Ghana)
In 1977 I went to GIMPA for a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration.
Thereafter I returned to the civil service in 1979 as DCE for the newly created district of Walewale and then to Gambaga/ Nalerigu as DCE between 1981 to 1983.
I returned to Tamale Regional Administration office as Deputy director between 1983 to 1988 and proceeded to Carleton university in Ottawa, Canada as a Lester Pearson Fellow.
On my return to Ghana in 1989 I did a short stay in Tolon as DCE and then got posted to the Ministry of Finance in Accra.
I rose through the service from Deputy Director to Director and Head of Administration till 2003 when I was posted to the then Ministry of Harbours and Railways as Chief Director.
In 2006 I was posted to the Ministry of health as Chief Director.
In 2008 I resigned from the civil service for wearing an NPP T shirt at a rally in Kasoa. All the pressure to resign coming from some competitors who were contestants as Running mates to the Flagbearer of the NPP. Just to make me look bad in the eyes of the political class.
I was immediately appointed as Special Assistant to the Minister of Health which turned out to be even more powerful than Chief Director.
I retired from the civil/public service on my birthday in May 2009 and registered for another Masters programme in Social policy at the university of Ghana, Legon.
Successfully concluding in 2010.
In between I have other passions in football and in the area of chieftancy. Between 1997-2001 I was Chairman of the Ghana Football Association and I became Lepowura (Chief of staff to the Kpembewura) in 2006.
A few years ago Otumfuor the Asantehene invited me to the chair of the Otumfuor Traditional Leadership centre at the University of Professional studies. I trained several Chiefs and Queen mothers. I held the position till my 70th birthday last year when the Auditor General ruled against persons 70+ years being on government payrolls.
Now I remain a member of CAF Inter club committee and CAF/FIFA Match Commissioner getting busy some week ends supervising football matches on the African continent.
I’m also currently the Chairman of the GFA’s committee for Ghana’s Premier league.
I’m married to 2 non- Gonja women. One a Ga/Dagomba and the other my slave from Navrongo
I have 10 children and 20 grandchildren. 4 of my children live in the USA, 2 live in the UK, 1 schools in Montreal in Canada 2 (set of twins) are accountants in Ghana with the Controller and Accountant General and 1 is a senior Accounting staff also with the Controller and Accountant General.
Chief Lepowura MND Jawula also served on many Boards including:
Ghana News Agency,
Ghana Population Council,
Ghana Reinsurance Company,
Ghana Cocoa Board, Ghana Health Service Board,
Ghana Railways Board,
Ghana Ports & Harbours Board,
Real Tamale United,
President Gonjaland Youth Association,
Chairman, Tamale Secondary Board of Governors, Chairman Savannah region Lobby Committee,
Chairman Yagbon Damba, etc!!!