- Nana Ansah Kwao has referred to Ghana's Friday African Wear trend as a joke
- He says Ghanaians are sympathetic to their culture, but are Europeans at heart
- He has called on the President of the National House of Chiefs to rectify the situation
Nana Ansah Kwao IV, Chief of Akwamu Adumasa, has referred to the Ghanaian trend of wearing African attire on Fridays as a big joke during an interview on Starr FM.
According to Nana Ansah Kwao IV, who's husband to one of Ghana's most loved broadcasters, Gifty Anti, on top of describing the Friday African wear trend as a joke, the Chief of Akwamu Adumasa said that although Africans are "sympathetic" to their own culture, they're actually Europeans at heart.
Speaking on Starr FM's Starr Chat radio talk show with host, Bola Ray, Nana Ansah Kwao IV related that from Monday to Thursday, Ghanaian's dress like Europeans, and only use one day of the week, on Friday's, to dress in their own cultural attire, referring to the trend as a "token".
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"Which country in this world; you go to Japan and they say from Monday to Friday don’t dress like a Japanese just dress like an African, this whole Friday wear business is a big joke." He said.
The Chief of Akwamu Adumasa went on to say that if the situation was reversed, where you had six days where Ghanaians dress in their cultural attire, and one day to dress in the international fashion then there wouldn't be anything wrong since it's a global world and one can't "insulate" oneself from the rest of the world.
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He went on to say that for Ghanaians to pat themselves on the back in the current situation where they get only one day to "dress as themselves" is a joke, and called on the President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, to rectify the situation.
The National Friday Wear Program was initiated in 2004, under the John Agyekum Kufour administration. Put forth by the Trade Ministry, the initiative was intended to help revive the local textile industry by making Friday a designated day for public sector officials to dress in African attire produced in Ghana.
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