Your show of love and support was overwhelming, we thank you-Ayarna and siblings to all who mourned their mother

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The Vice President of the Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana (SOAAG), Adam Imoru Ayarna and his siblings, Mrs. Marcelyn Campbell and Mr. Jan Michaelis have expressed their profound gratitude to all friends, family members, relatives, religious leaders, traditional rulers, politicians and sympathizers who mourned with them during the funeral of their late mother  Nana Ama Obu Derby-Michaelis.

According to the family, the love and support accorded them during the funeral of their late mother was overwhelming.

‘’We are appreciative of the love and overwhelming support you showed us during the funeral of our late mother. We deeply thank all of you for your kind and soothing words, encouragement, sympathy and support. Your contribution to the success of the funeral was immeasurable’’ a statement issued by the family read in part.

Scores of sympathizers, friends and relations and professional colleagues of Mr. Ayarna including captains of industry from the shipping and business fraternity attended the funeral.

Former President of the republic of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings who also attended the funeral described Mr. Adam Imoru Ayarna as a man of courage and integrity, who stands for what is right.

‘’I don’t know how many of you have had the opportunity of knowing our brother that well. He’s got a lot courage. Courage to stand his ground in defense of noble values, in defense of integrity and what it journeys. That is one of the main reasons why I have come here and I am glad to see many of you including our traditional leaders also gathered here’’ the former president said at the funeral on January 19, 2019 in Tema, Ghana.

The late Nana Ama Obu Derby-Michaelis passed on, on the 16th of November 2018 at the Tema General Hospital after a short illness at the age of 76.

She was survived by 3 children, Mrs. Marcelyn Campbell who lives in the United Kingdom, Mr. Adam Imoru Ayarna, Chief Executive Officer of Cadesmee International and Vice President of the Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana in Tema, Ghana and Mr. Jan Michaelis who lives in Mainz, Germany.

She is also survived by 7 grandchildren.

She was interred at the Community 9 Cemetery in Tema.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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