Popular Ghanaian journalist has finally come out of the closet on live TV after denying being being gay for years.
The former Metro TV broadcast journalist, Mr. Ignatius Annor, who now works with Euro News made the announcement in an interview with Joy News via Zoom on Monday, February, 22.
In the interview, he revealed he was scared of losing his job and career which was the reason why he had denied it.
“This is going to be the very first time that I am using your medium to say that not only am I an activist for the rights of Africa’s sexual minorities, what you will call the LGBTQI community, but I am gay.”
“Obviously, I denied it because I was afraid of losing my job, I was working at an incredible Television station in Accra and also for the fear of what would happen to me personally,” He said.
The LGBT+ Rights Ghana built a new office, which serves as a crucial community centre for queer Ghanaians. However, the project sparked outrage in Ghana the country.
According to Mr. Annor, There is a stigma attached to the LGBTQ community in Ghaha which made it for him to get a job after get came back from the UK after his masters.
“It doesn’t feel like I am a human being who deserves the right to employment, the right to education, and normally the basic rights to be able to walk, drive around to wherever that I want to go to in Ghana as an openly gay man. It doesn’t feel okay, it feels dehumanised and awful.”
He also recalls after returning to Ghana after studying for his Masters in the UK, to look for employment but none of the media houses were willing to hire him “just because of the stigma that surrounds my community”.