Today Profile: Akenten Appiah-Menka—The Apino Soap man

Lawyer Nana Akenten Appiah Menka was a founder member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former Minister of State in the Second Republic.

Mr Appiah Menka was an industrialist whose company, Appiah Menka Complex Limited, produced the Apino soap.

His Apino Soap became a subject of adverse political campaigning by former President Jerry John Rawlings.

A product of Abuakwa State College in the Eastern Region, his quest for success compelled him to stow away to the United Kingdom (UK) where he worked for sometime in an infirmary’s mortuary before he chanced upon the late Krobo Edusei, who wondered why a second-year law student would be working in a mortuary.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) man organised a Cocoa Marketing Board scholarship for him, which saw him leaving the mortuary assignment.

On why he left the CPP, even after playing important roles in the party earlier, he said he could not stand what for him were human rights abuses during the tenure of the country’s first president.

“How could JB Danquah die in prison after only a year when Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in a white man’s prison,” he said.

He was a lawyer by profession and a member of the Constitution Review Commission, which was established by the late Professor Mills’ administration.

Mr Appiah Menka was also the Chairman of the Ashanti Oil Mills, Appiah Menka Complex Limited and Appiah Menka Plantations.

He was also the Chairman of the Council of Elders of the NPP in the Ashanti Region.

Appiah-Menkah authored a book, which is both a biography and a compendium of local politics- The River In The Sea.

He died on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the age of 84 in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

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