Minister Jumps Into Sex For Cash Drama
Otiko Afisah Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in an official statement, has slummed actress Moesha Boduong over her comments suggesting that the economy forces Ghanaian women to offer sex for financial help.
According to the Minister, although Moesha has the right to discuss her lifestyle on any platform, “she does not represent the multitudes of hardworking Ghanaian women.”
“Our economy cannot be blamed if a minute minority of Ghanaians decide to live opulent, flamboyant and amoral lifestyles without any discernible means of livelihood” Ms Djaba said.
She stated that Moesha’s statements and in particular her generalizations are unjustified indicating that the ministry is outraged by the comments seeking to tar many Ghanaian women with this mercenary behavior.
Cash for Sex
The Ghanaian actress and model last week courted controversy on social media after she told CNN that her motivation for dating a married man, just like other women in Ghana, is because of bad economy.
“In Ghana our economy is such a way that you need someone to take care of you. You can’t make enough money as a woman here. Because even when you want to get an apartment, in Ghana they take two years’ advance and I just started working where will I get money to pay?” she quizzed.
Pushed for clarity she responded: “…because he can afford to take care of you. He takes care of me, my financials, my apartment, my car, my rent everything…He expects me to be loyal and take care of him and give him sex when he wants”.
Although, Moesha has reportedly issued a public apology over the statement, the Gender Minister in a statement issued in Accra, argued that Moesha aside blaming her excessive, lavish lifestyle on the economy of Ghana also cast “Ghanaian men as predatory, uncaring and rapacious.”
Ms. Djaba, cautioned “publicity-hungry actresses and socialites that while it is within their right to bask in infamy and self-ridicule, they have no right to drag decent, hardworking Ghanaian women into their destructive obsession with notoriety and infamy at any price.”
“Ghana is a respectable country with a great heritage and proud citizens. If any Ghanaian cannot lift high the flag of Ghana, the least he/she can do is not to soil the image nor smear the reputation of our motherland,” she advised.
While dissociating Ghanaian women from the comments of Moesha, the Minister said, the sweeping generalizations made by Moesha on international prime time television have invariably done great damage to Ghanaian womanhood.
The statement concluded with an appeal to media organizations, “including CNN, to respect our structures and contact established national agencies like the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection, Ministry of Culture and Information when they are producing programmes on Gender and Social Issues in Ghana”.
“We have no desire to obstruct the freedom of these media organizations in their selection of subjects and resource persons, but we believe a view from the national representative body will provide a balanced story which will do justice to the subject matter.”
By: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/thePublisher