The Government of Ghana has through a spokesperson, Pius Enam Hadzide, a former Deputy Minister of Information cautioned foreign missions and other nationals promoting the agenda of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex+ (LGBTQI+) Community in Ghana against the attempt to corrupt and bastardize Ghanaian cultural values.
This follows the open endorsement of LGBTQI+ activities in Ghana by some foreign missions and diplomats including the European Union and the Australian High Commissioner some weeks ago, sparking both resentment and mixed feelings among the Ghanaian populace.
The clergy, a section of the media, traditional authorities, some civil society organizations and the majority of the Ghanaian society raised red flags against what they described as “diplomatic bullying” after the European Union Mission in Ghana and the Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Barnes shared photos on social media hailing the acquisition of an office space for the gay rights advocacy group, LGBT+ Rights Ghana in Accra.
However, some high profile Ghanaians, including the Executive Secretary of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Prof. H. Kwasi Prempeh, musicians Wanluv Kubolor and Deborah Vanessa, journalist Bridegtte Otoo also publicly declared support for the legalization of homosexuals in Ghana.
The purpose of the office was however short-lived after security operatives raided and closed it down at the behest of the landlord who said his property was not been used for the purpose for which it was rented.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Okay FM, Pius Enam Hadzide who spoke on behalf of the government said, “we are humbly requesting the foreign missions to respect our culture and norms; it is true that Ghana is an inviting country to foreigners but we also hold our culture dear.”
“Just as we also respect their identity and their value system, we will plead with them to also endeavour to respect our unique identity and our value systems; we will not countenance their support and alleged sponsoring of the LGBT agenda in our country”, he said.
He added that there are a lot of practices in the western culture, which would not be accepted in Ghana, but we respect that it is their system and way of life, so “they should not come and corrupt and bastardize our otherwise beautiful ‘Ghanaianness’ that was bequeathed to us by God”.