Former Ghana Black Stars midfielder, Michael Essien, has come under intense criticism after declaring support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals, Transgender and Queer Individuals (LGBTQI) community in Ghana through his Twitter page.
Essien said, “We see you, we hear you, we support you. Our LGBTQIA plus community in Ghana”.
Reports say the backlash that followed the post also culminated in the significant drop of followers on twitter from 1.7million to under 700,000 within few hours of posting the pro-LGBTQI comment.
In addition, comments made by the former Chelsea star came after Police raided the LGBTQI centre last week and closed down the office.
Essien, who later pulled down the post from his page also, added: “Ghana, support equality”.
Essien is currently working as a coach for Danish club Nordsjaelland.
Meanwhile, Ghana president, Nana Akufo-Addo, who recently declared same-sex marriages will never be allowed under his leadership restated it last Saturday.
The 76-year-old said: “I have said it before, and let me stress it again”.
“It will not be under the Presidency of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo that same-sex marriage will be legal”.
However, actor Idris Elba and model Naomi Campbell, have joined other British celebrities, designers and politicians totalling sixty-five in calling for Ghana’s president to engage with the country’s LGBT+ community in an open letter published on social media on Monday.
The letter read: “In recent weeks, we have watched with profound concern as you have had to question the safety of your vital work at the ‘LGBT+ Rights Ghana’ center in Accra, and feared for your personal wellbeing and security.
“It is unacceptable to us that you feel unsafe. We are watching and listening and we will use our collective power to shield you and raise you up”, the letter concluded.