Known LGBTQ activist crowned chief in Central Region
Over the weekend, he was appointed Amankorehen of the region and swore to defend human rights while simultaneously rallying support for local development. According to the report, the installation took place behind tight security, and the public swearing-in was postponed following discussions between the government and police.
Iyalla was allegedly installed by Nana Okese Essandoh IX, the Omanhen and President of the Nkusukum Traditional Area, with the throne name Nana Kwesi Gyasi I. Several traditional leaders from Osu in Accra, Elmina, Mankessim, and Cape Coast were present for the occasion, it was said.
Iyalla emphasized his commitment to advance human rights in his speech after arriving in a palanquin during a procession since he did not support discrimination. The British national, who was born in Nigeria, is cited as saying: “By the grace of God, I do what I preach, which is respect for human rights for all.” I don’t think discrimination is right.
“Whether you are black, white, yellow, or green, or whether you are tall or short, you are a human being, and I will fight to the absolute end for that belief. I would do it at any cost. I’m not a hypocrite, and I’m not going to start now. You don’t have to agree with me, but you must respect my opinions, he said.
Some locals claimed not to be aware of Iyalla’s history as a gay rights activist but rather as a foreigner with a focus on development who cares about their community. He allegedly fell off his palanquin in another occasion, according to the report. Whether he fell off the palanquin before or after the installation is unknown, though.
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