The fact that Ghanaians would criticize Vice President John Dramani Mahama for being true to his roots & culture rather than wearing Western clothes just shows the ignorance & slave mentality that some still have. I love the fact that VP Mahamais unabashed about being African, being from the North of Ghana , being a Christian, being an intellectual & at the end of the day being first & foremost a Ghanaian.To many in the world his dressing evokes a tradition of African kings & royalty in the richness of African fabrics & colors. We can never move forward if we can’t celebrate & respect our own culture & traditions rather than thinking that “White is right” or the Western way is the best way. To each his own in how they choose to dress, express themselves & be comfortable in their own skin, but I have a great respect for the African leaders & their wives who choose traditional dress over western wear.
“The Spokesperson for the Vice President, on Wednesday played down the scathing criticism of a section of the public that the number two personality is too casual with his apparel during important state functions.
Mr John Abdulai Jinapor told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra, that the affable nature of Mr John Dramani Mahama makes it possible for people to tell him during informal discussions at public gatherings, to be grandiose to conform to the trappings of his office.
Mr Jinapor observed that although Mr Mahama takes the criticisms in good faith, he is of the view that leadership is a national service that must go with modesty and humility. He said before Mr Mahama became the Vice President, his love and attachment to the ideals of Pan Africanism and the cultural heritage of Ghana had made him a long time admirer of African fabrics like the smock and tie and dye. Mr Jinapor noted that Mr Mahama feels good in African wear although he does not shy away from Western clothing. “Mr Mahama simply wants to wear the smock, booboo, kente, jumper or anything traditional. Even when you spot him in coat and tye, he looks unassuming and modestly dressed for the occasion.
“The Vice President believes that his new appointment in life is the best opportunity for him to showcase the African Personality and market made-in-Ghana products. “He had always argued that if Ghanaians do not patronise made in Ghana products, who should do so for them?“.. Read More
The fashion industry is a huge multi billion dollar industry in many western countries & can be the same in Africa if we chose to patronize our own culture & tradition. A western celebrity, president, VPor first lady to wear a local designer is seen as being able to launch an unknown designer’s career overnight because of the exposure. Look at what Michelle Obama & many celebrities have done for the businesses of American/western designers.
Before we were introduced to suits & ties we had our own culture of dress which we should patronize & globalize to help boost our own economy, just as westerners patronize & globalize their own way of dress. I love & support VP Mahama very intellectually thoughtful & forward thinking ideology which not only comes with his choice of fashion but with his Nkrumah inspired African personality & writings. Think Globally, Shop Locally!