Elizabeth Ohene’s BBC Story About “Why Ghana Should Use Melania As A Fashion Ambassador” Hits The Wrong Nerve

Melania Trump

All of us are expecting the arrival of the Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States of America into the country. Or Are We? The White House chose Ghana as her first stop in a four-nation African tour for the first lady.

This will be the first time any member of the new American first family would be travelling to Africa since they took over the presidency.

See Also: Here Is What Melania Trump Will Be Up To When She Visits Ghana

When Melania Trump arrives in Ghana, she would be pushing her ‘Be Best’ campaign, her focus will be on the wellbeing of new mothers and babies.

This is expected to lead into a visit to the Ridge Hospital.

However, hours before she lands in Ghana, there is controversy already brewing about her trip.

Former BBC journalist and Minister of Education, Elizabeth Ohene is famous for participating in the BBC op-ed called Letters from African Writers.

Her recent letter suggested the idea of Ghana using Melania Trump as a fashion ambassador to sell Ghana’s already world famous Kente to the world.

“On my part, I wish I had had an input in drawing up the programme for this visit. I would have put Mrs Trump in touch with my dressmaker to make her a kente jacket to rival her famous “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” jacket,” Elizabeth Ohene wrote.

“We are not known here only for mother and child problems, we do a wicked turn in kente fashion which should make a lasting impression on Mrs Trump. I wonder if protocol allows it, but I think we really should make her into a fashion ambassador for Ghana.”

It is that last line that the BBC editors chose to use as a headline for the letter.

“Melania Trump in Africa: Can she become a fashion ambassador for Ghana?” their headline asked.

Well before she became the First Lady, Melania was a well-known fashion model, for that matter she is no stranger to the Fashion world.

However, in the world of black consciousness in full gear, the suggestion that a white person can be used as a heroine to save a black African country is still being seen as a supremacy of the white race.

Also, some Twitter users think Ghana has more problems to worry about than ‘signing’ the American First Lady as a fashion ambassador.

https://twitter.com/ThyBlondeBuddha/status/1047030362696765441

https://twitter.com/PiditaChristina/status/1047039540119179264

https://twitter.com/Jasventure/status/1047045726910500865

 

https://twitter.com/TheMightyGusset/status/1047043816962871297

We’re done with Twitter….lol

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