Accra, 05 March, 2020 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Following the wide circulation of a poster publicizing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community conference in Ghana’s capital, Accra, Ghana, an Archbishop in the West African country has decried the choice of Ghana as the host country to the conference and urged Ghanaians to uphold their religious values as the society becomes "more difficult."
The 5th edition of the Pan African conference on the theme “Sankofa: looking back to our roots- reclaiming our rights” scheduled to be held in Accra from July 27 to 31 for the LGBTQ community within the country has not been well received by the public.
“We have heard about the “sankofa” of the lesbians and gays who are planning to have their meeting here in our country, Ghana. Why Ghana!” Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie exclaimed in his last Sunday’s homily at St. Bakhita Catholic Church, Lashibi, a suburb of Accra.
The Archbishop who was also marking his first Anniversary of installation as the Local Ordinary of Accra on March 1 added, “If it is true, we need to speak against it because our values do not allow us to do that. For us Christians and Muslims, we have values which we endeavour to live by no matter the circumstances of life.”
The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a multicolored bird with its head turned backward, expressing the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and the importance of new learning as time passes.