Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection in Ghana, Nana Oye Lithur, celebrated her 50th birthday over the weekend.
The plush 50th birthday bash, which took place at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra on Saturday brought together family and friends - her husband, Tony Lithur; Dzifa Abla Gomashie, Deputy Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Minister; and Nana Adwoa Awindor, amongst others.
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Dressed in a gold spaghetti jumpsuit, the honourable minister sang and performed Shatta Wale’s Kakai, to the admiration of guests.
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Until her appointment as minister, Oye Lithur was a strong human rights advocate and head of the local chapter of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) in Ghana. She later formed her own NGO – Human Rights Advocacy Centre (HRAC).
She was very vociferous during the era of the erstwhile Kufuor-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, especially on the issue of the murder of some Ghanaians by Yahaya Jammeh’s inhuman government in The Gambia.
Not too long ago, a picture of the minister surfaced on social media in which she was seen at a function happily dancing barefooted while a policeman in uniform, who is believed to be her officially assigned bodyguard, held her shoes.
This attracted widespread condemnation, with most people asking why and how the minister would make a man who was supposed to be providing her with security to carry her shoes around.
This is the second time in two years that the footage of a minister’s plush birthday bash has become public.
Sometime in 2014, the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Louisa Hannah Bissiw, had a similar bash at the premises of the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) where her husband, one Dr Francis Kpormego, a Jamaica-based medical doctor, was said to have given her a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado as a birthday gift.