Do not stereotype any ethnic group in Ghana – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful


Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP for Ablekuma West

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, MP for Ablekuma West condemned the stereotypes and stigmatization of various ethnic groups in the country.

According to her, all ethnic groups play an important role in the country and therefore should all be respected.

Speaking to parliament on Wednesday March 17, the Minister of Communications said: “Mr. President, stereotypes about ethnic groups, even in real time, must end. Others call the Akans thieves and sakawa and not all sheep like juju and northerners are not what it is. I have first cousins ​​from Agbozome and I identify with them all. One of my favorite places to spend time in this country is Leklebi and I think the Volta region has some of the most beautiful places in this country.

Owusu-Ekuful added: “No ethnic group in Ghana should be unfairly stereotyped or stigmatized. Our textbooks must accurately describe our culture as it is used to educate and not to corrupt our impressionable youth.

“Our textbooks should be used to train them and expose the beautiful diversity of our country to every child so that we appreciate what makes us unique Ghanaian. “

The lawmaker’s comment comes in the wake of Badu Nkansah Publication’s “History of Ghana” textbook for Class 3, which sparked an outcry among Ghanaians for describing the Ewe ethnic group in a derogatory manner.

Many notable individuals and groups, including the Volta Regional House of Chiefs, have called the book “distasteful, offensive, divisive and inflammatory.”

The editors have since apologized for his “offensive description” of the sheep in the post.

Badu Nkansah Publication Limited says it is investigating how the “few” copies of the manuals, which have not yet been approved, have made their way into the market.

“… and we will release the results of our investigations to the public when we are done,” the publishing house said in a statement on Monday, March 15.

Having been in the industry for over 20 years, Badu Nkansah Publications Limited said the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) raised concerns about parts of the new textbooks when they submitted them for review. approval.

He explained in the statement that although NaCCA said it was satisfied with most of the technical and content requirements, it requested that certain aspects of the books be worked on “so that it meets the expectations of the new program”.

“Unfortunately, during the review, a limited amount of the unpublished draft was released to the market.

“We’ve seen some snapshots on social media that generated a justified public outcry because of their offensive tone.

“While this is not a deliberate attempt to reprimand such a large section of our company, we would like to apologize wholeheartedly for this mistake. Our brand stands for national unity and we currently employ native workers. from all regions of the country. “


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