When one looks at Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees a garden full of sunflowers, so bright to the eye and so warm to the heart. When one thinks of Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees a starry night, so magical and peaceful to the soul. When one looks at Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees a renowned academic whose academic acumen and scholarly works know no boundaries.
When one looks at Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees an Islamic cleric whose interpretation of Islamic science, mysticism and doctrinal philosophy guarantees continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community. When one looks at Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees the only ‘Doctor-Sheikh’ in this part of our world, whose social and political life is defined by the Islamic values of truthfulness, peacefulness, honesty and fidelity to Allah.
When one looks at Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees a generational leader, who doesn’t only attend to the needs of his generation but also the unborn; one sees a leader who doesn’t only see but foresees. When one looks at Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees an embodiment of inspiration and can-do spirit. Ultimately, when one looks at Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, one sees a friend, a father, a teacher, a mentor, a patriot and a great achiever.
Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, as the Spokesperson of Candidate/Leader Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo [the current President], still holds the enviable title as the longest serving spokesperson to a Ghanaian political leader since Independence. So, if one is looking for loyalty and long-service to President Akufo-Addo, one needs to look no further than Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid.
Not only that, Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid has also had a blossom career with the Danquah-Busia-Dombo political tradition and for that matter with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) spending his entire life in selfless service to the party and country. Youth Activist of the Danquah-Busia Club; Founding Member of NPP TESCON; Founding Member of the NPP National Youth Wing; First National Youth Organizer of the NPP;
Spokesperson of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo [now, His Excellency] for more than a decade; Deputy National Campaign Manager for the NPP. Editor of the High Street Journal and the Ghanaian Statesman; Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast; Minister for Information; Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development and now Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA). What more can one offer his political party and country that Dr. Sheikh Mustapha Abdul-Hamid hasn’t offered to the NPP and Ghana.?
On personal levels, I say to this phenomenal soul full of love and life that, Sheikh [as we call him], you are a monumental blessing to me and everyone around you. You offered me a rare privilege to work directly under you as then Information Minister, where you guided us to work at changing the unenviable narrative of Ghana’s Information Ministry from Government’s propaganda outfit to the citadel of Development Communication, with emphasis on honesty, transparency and truthfulness.
Your free spirit full of love and happiness is one of the things I cherish most about you. Your level of intelligence and wisdom surpasses many, and your gentle soul makes me wonder what an angel you are. You gave me hope where I had once lost it. You showed me light and also showed me the way when I struggled to find one. You are indeed a rare gem and I will keep celebrating you every day of my life.
In accord with this, I feel delighted to join the rest of the World to celebrate you on the momentous occasion of your 50th birthday and for that matter your Golden Jubilee Anniversary. It has indeed been 50 years of impactful life to our generation; 50 years of great achievements; 50 years of selfless service to the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and to God and country. Stay blessed and keep soaring by Allah’s grace.