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The only daughter of President Akufo Addo’s wife, Valerie Obaze has reportedly been given a portion of the plush duty-free shops at the Terminal 3 of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to sell her top-range cosmetic products.
The shop stocks R&R Luxury, a brand of natural beauty products that started in 2010 in Nigeria and has since become a well-known brand among the crème de la crème of the society in Ghana, Nigeria and Europe.
Whatsup News cannot confirm how she acquired the shop amidst rife speculations among critics about possible favoritism from her father’s position of influence.
Unconfirmed information at Whatsup News disposal suggest that Valerie was one time a benefit claimant in the United Kingdom.
Whatsup News has picked up reports about how the shops at Terminal 3 are being taken up by people of influence, particularly within the current administration.
Critics are asking for more competitive and transparent processes of acquiring these plush shops at the airport.
Cynics, particularly sympathetic to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are livid that it took their erstwhile administration to build the ultra-modern Terminal 3 for individuals close to the current administration of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to enjoy “all the goodies” available at the new international airport terminal.
Valerie Obaze who is a professional Public Relations and Marketing expert is also an accomplished entrepreneur who is married to Stanley Obaze, a high-flying Nigerian businessman known for his lavish lifestyle.
In a 2018 interview with online profiling portal, Crownoflaurelsdot, Mrs. Obaze explained how the R&R brand was named after her daughter Rebecca Rose and what she plans with the brand in the next five years.
“…We are also working on expanding the business by building a new large factory in Ghana, which will allow us to increase production, increase employment, expand operations and have high volume of products readily available to ship all over the world,” the President’s daughter said.
The over US$ 200 million Terminal 3 of the KIA which was built under the previous NDC administration has not yet been officially commissioned by the NPP administration, sparking talks about a possible fear of the implication of commissioning such a mega project built by its arch-rival administration.
Source: Whatsupnews Ghana