Ghana’s gay community is planning on embarking on a “peace walk”to thank President Akufo-Addo for his recent statement on homosexuals.
Members of the association of gays and lesbians have congratulated president of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo for his “emphatic response” on the discrimination of homosexuals in Ghana.
Nana Addo in an interview with Aljazeera made the point that although the pressure to legalize homosexuality is not that severe, Ghana is likely to legalize same-sex marriage in the future.
Reacting to the president’s statement, Ghana’s LGBTQI association hinted of a peaceful march in from Obra Spot in Accra to the Flagstaff House to present a formal plea to him.
“Consistent with our calm demeanor there will be a peaceful Movement Walk on Friday 15th December 2017 from Obra Spot to the Flagstaff house to thank the President Akufo Addo and his government and present the mission and vision of the LGBTQI Movement,” excerpts of the statement reads.
Nana Addo’s statement on Aljazeera has caused a stir in the country with religious groups responding with opposing views. The Christian Council has argued that legalizing homosexuality has the potential of ripping off the family culture of Ghana and that same-sex marriage is a deadly threat to Ghana. Ghana’s conservative society has seen the gay community mostly silent and in hiding as cases of stigma and brutality abounds.
To this effect, members of the gay community often risk their lives moving out of the country to get married or freely live their lives. YEN.com.gh had earlier told the news of how a former school prefect of the Achimota School married his American gay boyfriend after years of being together. Also, a group of 8 Ghanaians in Canada is seeking out signatures to pressurize government of Ghana to respect the rights of the LGBT community – a development which has seen several Ghanaians lash out at them on social media.
Being gay in Ghana comes with grave challenges with the most brutal and deadly been mob justice – a development which continues to see the LGBT community in Ghana always in hiding. With this bold step taken by Stephen, it remains uncertain if many more gay men in Ghana could take the challenge or risk of leaving their country to live the life they so wish to live.
I Will Marry Rebecca If Nana Addo Dies-NDC Chairman
Talk of one humorous person within the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the party’s Central Regional Chairman , Allotey Jacobs would easily be mentioned.
Allotey Jacobs had said, he would succeed Akufo-Addo by marrying his wife, Rebecca Akufo-Addo if he [Akufo-Addo] dies.
Showering praises on the First Lady during her birthday, Allotey Jacobs indicated that the First Lady was very beautiful as he ‘envied’ the president for having such a beauty as a wife.
Allotey indicated ‘’This leader of your party dey chop proper Ga meat’’.
Again, he said… “This first lady be swag oo”.
It was therefore no surprise when he again commented that he was ready to take over the position of Akuffo Addo as husband if Akuffo Addo died before him.
His Facebook comment read “Yes so tell Nana that the wife is too sweet so the day he climbs to paradise, if am alive, Charlie, he mo know say I will be the next heir”.
As intriguing as his comments were, many are also of the view that indeed, the First Lady is a beauty to behold and as such, a precious jewel to the President.
I saw my zip opening by itself – Imam caught defiling 2-year-old girl says
A High Court in Mukono, Uganda, has sentenced a 63-year-old Imam with 3 wives to life imprisonment for defiling a two-year-old girl.
Musa Mulo, an Imam at Kibubbu Mosque, was convicted upon his own plea of guilt.
At the commencement of the trial on Friday, the imam pleaded guilty to defiling the girl. He said “I carried that child, put her on my laps and I just saw my zip opening by itself”.
The state prosecutor, Ms Janat Kitimbo, told the court that Imam Mulo sexually tormented the toddler in 2012. Prosecution submitted that on that fateful day, the victim went alone to Mulo’s home in the neighbourhood.
Mulo grabbed her in his compound and took her into the house where he defiled her and damaged her private parts. The Imam later told her to go back home.
Justice Ms Margaret Mutonyi observed that Mulo is not fit to be an imam or live in society. She described him as “a dangerous person” who is supposed to be kept away from children.
She then sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Somalia, Nigeria Happier Countries Than Ghana – Report
The conditions existing in Nigeria and Somalia make them happier countries than Ghana.
This is according to the latest World Happiness Report.
The report, which was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14, days before World Happiness Day on March 20, placed Nigeria 17 places above Ghana in the 156-country list.
Ghana placed 108th on the ranking while Nigeria was 91st, with Finland, being named the happiest country in the world.
The report ranked the countries on six main variables that sought to assess the well-being of persons in the focus country.
The indicators include income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
The top 10 countries named in the list are; Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia.
A co-editor of the report, John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia said, “The top five countries all have almost equally high values for the six factors found to support happiness, and four of these countries — Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and now Finland — have been in first place in the six World Happiness Report rankings since the first report.”
The top 5 African countries on the list are Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia and Cameroon.
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