The Methodist Church Ghana on Saturday 24th of August, honored Mr Stephen Kwabena Boateng a.k.a Kessben, C.E.O of Kessben group of companies during the official launch of the Wesleyan Television at the Wesley chapel, Old Tafo in the Ashanti region.
This forms part of a ceremony to show appreciation and recognition to Kwabena Kesse for the meritorious and dedicated service rendered for the growth of the Church and the members therein.
Rt Rev. Samuel Kofi Osabutey, the Greater Accra Bishop of the Methodist Church in his address noted that, the Church for so long conceived the idea of trumpeting the gospel through a medium to reach millions across the globe.
This gave birth to the introduction of radio and TV programs like Asempa Dawura which were aired on some selected TVs and radio stations across the nation with huge cost.
The Methodist Church later expressed worry about the influx of unchristian TV channels and charlatans who are denting the Christian practice and underscored the need for the setting up of the quasi-formal regulatory bodies since Ghanaians are becoming disillusioned with Christianity and religion.
The Methodist Church says activities of charlatans parading as pastors have become too rampant on most of our television stations and the proliferation of independent pastors and churches who are exploiting the society is undermining the integrity of the gospel of Christ so the Church upon subsequent deliberations came out with the idea of securing a television station to solely champion Christian programmes to reflect national values.
So the Methodist Church in subsequent Synod meetings announced a vision to have a Methodist television station but the vision was confronted with some major challenges especially with mobilizing funds for it’s establishment and securing statutory authorization for operations.
Nevertheless, the dream of the church coincided with the idea of one Mr. Stephen Boateng popularly known as Kessben, a Methodist in the Kumasi Diocese who had already conceived the idea to establish a television station for the church to commemorate and honor his late mother Obaapanin Elizabeth Osei also known as Adwoa Dufie.
Subsequently, Kessben intervened and single handedly donated equipments to set-up the proposed television station.
In 2018, the National Communications Authority (NCA) finally granted authorization to establish and operate the new TV channel courtesy Kessben to be called Wesleyan Television.
To this effect, the entire Methodist Church deem it fit to honor Kwabena Kesse on this occasion of the official launch of the Television Station which was solely funded by him.
Mr Stephen Boateng (kessben) took home a fine plaque by the Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church presented by the Rt Rev Christopher Nyarko Andam as well as a citation read by Rt. Rev. Samuel Kofi Osabutey indicating his (Kessben)unflinching commitment and loyalty to the people and the Church has never been in doubt, and even more critically at this moment when economic crisis abound.
On his part, Mr Kwabena Kesse said he was overwhelmed with this honorable recognition given to him by the Church and dedicated his plaque and citation to his late parents Opanin Joseph Anane Boateng alias Kwame Boateng from Ashanti Mampong and Obaapanin Elizabeth Osei also known as Adwoa Dufie from Atwima-Manhyia, both of blessed memory.
He also attributed his great success to the presence of his able wife Madam Fosuaa who has solidly stood behind him in both good and bad times.
Story : Randy J. Abubakar