Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, born to Opanyin Kwaku Addai, a cocoa farmer, and Madam Ama Serwaa, a trader and farmer, both of blessed memory on 3 February, 1957, is a Ghanaian urban planner and politician. He is currently the majority leader in the Ghanaian Parliament and minister for parliamentary affairs.
He hails from Bremang-Afrancho Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu is arguably the epitome of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the august House.
Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, who until the dissolution of the third Parliament of the Fourth Republic was a Minister of State in the Office of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, has successfully attained this recognition as a result of his grasp and in-depth knowledge about issues that come to the floor of the House.
The ubiquitous way he dealt with these issues as well as his ability to communicate effectively also won him admirers.
He is a product of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He was at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ghana for only a week before switching to KNUST to study Planning.
Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, an Urban Planner by training, had his baptism of politics during his days at St Peter’s Secondary School in Nkwantia Kwahu, as the President of the Students’ Movement for African Unity (SMAU), and later at KNUST, when he became the Hall President of Unity Hall (Katanga), after failing to win the SRC Presidency.
He later became the acting SRC President.
His dynamism as a student leader caught the attention of the hierarchy of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) administration and invited him and other colleagues such as Steve Akuffo and Explo Nani Kofi to assist the administration, but his flirtation was short-lived.
While in school, he wrote regularly for a number of newspapers, including The Mirror, The Pioneer, The Ghanaian Chronicle, among others.
Also while at KNUST, he dealt in spare parts. Sometimes he travelled to Nigeria to buy some of the parts, which was the source of his wealth.
He also travelled to Zimbabwe to work for a year after school.
Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu returned from Zimbabwe in 1990, at the time agitation for the return to constitutional democracy had started.
He teamed up with Dr John Bilson, Dr Richard Anane, Mr Obeng Manu and others to form the Danquah Busia Club in the late 1990s to activate the interest of like-minded people.
The club offered the platform for people who resisted PNDC to come together. It later metamorphosed into today’s New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Before then, they had formed the Progressive Youth Club, which was chaired by Malik Yakubu Alhassan, a former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, with others, including Kakra and Panyin Essamuah, Dr Richard Anane, Dan Botwe, among others.
Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu eventually contested the 1996 parliamentary election in the Old Tafo Suame Constituency and won. He has since represented his people in Parliament.
In Parliament, he was the Secretary of the Minority Caucus (1997-2000), Deputy Majority Whip and later Majority Chief Whip (2001-2004), Deputy Majority Leader, Member of the ECOWAS Parliament, among others.
The current majority leader is an illustrated lexicon, full of meticulousness and wisdom, and that was amply demonstrated during the recent vetting of ministers of state.
Don’t forget it was during that period that his expression of “Mr Chairman, I am sorry, but what you are doing is bogus, whimsical and capricious” began to make a big hit with people.
He is married with 5 children.
He likes watching football, athletics, and boxing. Also, he enjoys writing and reading a lot.