Afia Pokuaa, a journalist with Despite Media, has criticized the ignorance and misinformation surrounding the lighting of the Jubilee House, the seat of Ghana’s presidency, with the colors of the United States and Ghana flags.
The lighting was done to celebrate the visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris to Ghana. However, some Ghanaians misinterpreted the lighting, claiming that the two flags side-by-side represented the LGBTQ+ movement’s rainbow colors and was an attempt to promote homosexuality in the country.
Per reliable sources reacting to the criticism, the Ghana Institute of Management And Public Administration alumnus stated that the claims were baseless and attributed them to a lack of knowledge and misinformation.
She, however, also lamented Ghanaians’ fixation on trivial matters instead of focusing on more productive issues. Pokuaa called for a shift in attention to more pressing matters like Ghana’s dwindling manufacturing sector.
During a joint address with Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Vice President Harris raised human rights concerns about the anti-homosexuality bill currently before Ghana’s Parliament. She stressed that equality and human rights should be extended to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.
President Akufo-Addo, in response, assured that the government had made significant input into the legislation and that even if it is passed, it would have to be ratified by him.