Yesterday, veteran Ghanaian musician, Uncle Ben Brako shocked Ghanaians and his fans worldwide when semi-nu*de photos of him and his wife popped up on social media.
Initially, many people brushed it aside to be a photoshop because not many people could believe Ben Brako and wife will share half-nu*de photos on social media.
However, it turned out to be that, Uncle shared the photos himself on his social media page. There has been severe backlash since then which has forced the musician to speak out.
According to Uncle Ben Brako, he and the wife were just expressing their Africanness in the photoshoot and they did not have to do it the Western way to be approved by their own people.
The veteran musician, Ben Brako wrote:
Seems some people have not followed the sequence of events that led to me posting a picture of me and my wife in an intimate pose. First I posted a beautiful picture of my wife in a classy traditional pose.
Somebody suggested that I was like exploiting the feminism of my wife and that I should post a shot of myself in a similar setting. I obliged only because I wanted it known that I’m comfortable in myself to project images that reflect my heritage in a tasty setting. Let me be clear.
In an era where we’re so mixed up in our mentality that we accept English as our national language, where our national anthem is an English song with English lyrics, where our people are obliged to dress like foreigners to work and play, it is important that someone stands up to declare that our heritage and culture have an important place in our national discourse and should have the pride of place in our lives.
This I’m doing in my own unobtrusive way which I’m very comfortable with. If even one young person gets inspired by this it would have been worthwhile. I have always loved natural poses a la Baya album photo. I as an African man of Ghanaian descent am portraying myself in a way I’m comfortable and happy with. If you are not happy with that, fine. Don’t go take a flying jump, but if you did I would not stop you.