Ghana’s Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku made headlines on social media with the dress she wore to the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) welcome party on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.
The Minister who was responsible for welcoming guests from all over Africa to the AFRIMA caught the eyes of many and eventually became the subject of discussion with sections of the general public expressing their varied opinions about her dress.
The classic black dress worn by the Minister has a see-through detailing which revealed the lower part of her legs and arms.
Social media got buzzing when a photo first hit the internet with a section of internet users bashing her for the fashion choice.
Others however came to her defence, explaining that it was the right choice for the occasion.
Journalist Anny Osabutey in a post on Facebook said former American First lady Michelle Obama would have been praised for her humility if she had worn a similar attire.
Another social media user, Kofi Effah quizzed whether people expected Madam Afeku to wear the traditional 'kaba and slit' to the entertainment event.
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Another Facebook user, Whyalways Ekow noted that a google image search of Catherine Afeku shows that she wears indigenous Ghanaian dressed during public engagements.
But responding to the issue in an interview with Andy Dosty on Hitz FM on Friday November 23, 2018, Catherine Afeku indicated that she wore it to show her 'swag'.
“I have some swag and I am permitted to rock once in awhile,” she said.
For critics who were disappointed in her for not wearing a made-in-Ghana attire to the event, the minister said the dress, even though was not made with typical African fabric, was made in Ghana by a Ghanaian fashion designer.
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