Following President Nana Akufo-Addo's Comments on how far the discussion on homosexuality will go in the near future, the topic has sparked quite the storm of reactions from Ghanaians across the country.
In an interview with Al Jazeera a few days ago, President Akufo-Addo responding to questions about whether homosexuality would be legalized in Ghana soon, stated the issue is not on the agenda; however noting that if a strong advocacy was mounted, the conversation could change.
“This is a social, cultural issue, I don’t believe that in Ghana so far, a sufficiently strong coalition has emerged which is having that impact on public opinion that will say ‘change it, let’s now have a new paradigm in Ghana
At the moment, I don’t feel, I don’t see that in Ghana there is that strong current of opinion that is saying that is something we need to deal with. It is not so far a matter that is on the agenda,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
This statement was not well received by some national stakeholders, including the Christian Council of Ghana, who demanded the government come out to declare their stance on the matter.
According to them, homosexuality was against the country's social and cultural values, hence no amount of pressure would force them to accept its legalization,
In a report by Myjoyonline.com however, a gay man has dismissed these sentiments by sections of the public who are against the sexual orientation, describing them as hypocritical.
The man, who called in on Joy FM’s super morning show, stated it was disheartening to hear people regard him and others like him, as less than human for their sexual orientation.
The caller, who only gave his name as Edwin, said he is proudly gay, and that factor in his life, does not strip him of his human rights.
“It is my fantasy, I like eating fufu, you like eating waakye, do I come to tell you your waakye is nasty and is against my fufu that I like? We also have rights.
What you like will be different from what another person likes, that doesn’t mean what they like is wrong,” he said.
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