Broadcast journalist with the Adabraka-based Citi FM, has clapped back at a social media user, who tried to link his successful completion of law school in the United Kingdom(UK), to lawyer Gabby Asare Orchere-Darko.
According to Richard Dela Sky, there is “no shame or a crime” if he was sponsored by his former boss and friend, who he worked with as a young print journalist at Statesman newspaper before veering into radio in 2005.
“Indeed, it was a rare honour and privilege for me to have learnt under his feet.
Suppose that Gabby sponsored me to become what I am today (and this is not to take anything away from all the amazing guardian angels and institutions who supported me in diverse ways along the way) as claimed by this “ahonyaaaaa post”.
What is the shame or crime in that? Who in his genuine and right senses will not wish to have such a former boss?” he said in a post on Tuesday morning.
The comments by Mr Sky come in a wake of a claim by a follower on social media, who posited that the now lawyer had his education financed by Mr Othcere-Darko, after the journalist was called to the English Bar recently.
Days ago, Yakubu Muftao on Mr Sky’s post on Facebook tried to take a dig at the journalist saying he was sponsored by Mr Otchere-Darko to take up law course in England. He said “Gabby Otchere Darko sponsored lawyer”.
But days after the unsubstantiated claim, it is emerging that the comment was not taken lightly eliciting the long response below by Richard on Tuesday July 27, 2021. The former host of the Eyewitness news Dela Sky as “The best performance in LLM extermination”.
Read the reply:
Regardless of what you may think of him or what you are made to believe he is (rightly or wrongly), Gabby Asare Otchere Darko is one of the most intelligent, disciplined and hard-working men I know. I know this because I worked with him closely for years. As Editor in Chief of the Statesman Newspaper, he took me in to do my internship. I was a journalism student at Manifold Tutorial College, Accra, at the time. Impressed by the quality of my output as a young student journalist, Gabby gave me my very first job as an investigative journalist and editorial cartoonist. In return, I worked so diligently with him until I resigned (with his blessings) in 2005 to pursue a career in broadcast journalism at Citi FM, a new radio station at the time, which are my current employers. His words to me at the time were “I truly wish you would remain here with me but you have other great ideas. You have my full support. So go on, Richard, and grow to become the very best version of yourself.”
It has been nearly 16 years since I left Gabby but we remain very close and he takes immense interest in my personal and professional growth. He is, to me, a remarkable mentor. I have learnt countless and invaluable lessons, values and skills from him. Millions in Ghana and elsewhere dream to learn under him. Indeed, it was a rare honour and privilege for me to have learnt under his feet. Suppose that Gabby sponsored me to become what I am today (and this is not to take anything away from all the amazing guardian angels and institutions who supported me in diverse ways along the way) as claimed by this “ahonyaaaaa post”. What is the shame or crime in that? Who in his genuine and right senses will not wish to have such a former boss? In all humility, my guy (and those who think like you) if you are lucky enough to hold a job anywhere, please work so well as to persuade your boss to take a genuine and life-long interest in your personal and professional growth without expecting anything in return, even where you leave his employment. Take this lesson seriously. If you do, you will thank me later. I know full well that success stories attract all kinds of theories and commentary. But if you don’t know a person’s story, it is not a hallmark of intelligence to sit on social media and seek to demean how far s/he has come.
Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has warned the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of President Nana Akufo-Addo that Ghanaians have become too enlightened to be deceived.