For years as the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Ghana and ambassador to our neighbouring French countries, Jon Benjamin more often than not found himself in the news due to his controversial nature and constant opining on relevant issues.
His successor, Iain Walker, has been more reserved since taking over gig — or so we thought.
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, has exhausted his time as UK’s representative to Ghana and our sister nations (he’s also ambassador to Togo and the Republic of Benin.)
Benjamin, an outspoken, uncompromising and often controversial personality, is going back home to London after serving his three-year term.
In many ways, Jon Benjamin is far from your average diplomat. His most distinguishing attribute from his colleagues, of course, is his constant use of Twitter, and his willingness to engage anyone and everyone who wants to cross his path on there. As forthright as he is, a few brushes with controversy was always a guaranteed outcome.
Benjamin has opinions on a wide range of issues, both those personally dear to him and those of importance to Ghanaians, and he never hesitated to share them online or in any of the press interviews he gave during his time here. Football and religion are just two of those, but politics and topical social issues were not never far behind.
For a diplomat willing to engage in daily Twitter conversations, you cannot do better than the avid West Ham fan.