A secretary to the South African National Defence Union has incurred the wrath of Ghanaians with his description of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s colourful inaugural kente cloth as “a shower curtain” on Twitter.
The white South African, Pikkie Greeff, who exhibited an apparent lack of knowledge about the widely valued kente cloth, tweeted a picture of Nana Akufo-Addo in the presidential chair with a caption ridiculing the President and his office.
“Someone wanna tell us why Ghana President wears a shower curtain and sits on a primary school stage play at prop?” he tweeted on Monday, causing attacks against himself.
The tweet, which has since been retweeted about 300 times and gained over 200 favourites, ignited the fury in some Africans, especially Ghanaians, who have described him as a racist.
But Pikkie Greeff appears unapologetic about his tweet, which is yet to be deleted, despite the criticisms and condemnation by hundreds of tweeters. “Stupid. Ignorant twerp. Ghanaian culture is legendary around the world.
Travel and see the world,” was how media practitioner, John Osei Tutu Agyemang responded to Pikkie’s tweet. Television presenter, Kokui Selormey, who was a bit charitable with her comment, replied: “you could have asked in a different way and many would have happily educated you about our culture.
Rudeness was unnecessary”. Another tweeter with the handle Julius the Rich Guy replied: “the shower curtain you see, when sold, can feed you and your entire generations. The stool is valuable than the whole SA. Ofuii”.
“How can someone with your profile be so reckless and foolish,” Ghanaian entrepreneur, Tony Senayah fired. Social media strategist, Mac-Jordan, responded to the tweet: “How do you ridicule our culture?
Pls tell the negative committee which meets inside your head to sit down and shut up”.