Architect of the National Cathedral of Ghana which is a planned interdenominational Christian cathedral being built in Accra, Sir David Adjaye has declared support for LGBTQ rights in Ghana, urging President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to do all he can to make it legal.
The celebrated architect whose design for the cathedral was unveiled by President Akufo-Addo in March 2018, recently joined a list of top United Kingdom celebrities piling pressure on President Akufo-Addo to legalize homosexuality in Ghana.
While many people might have declared support for gay rights without a fuss, that of David Adjaye appears controversial, as President Akufo-Addo had said during the laying of the foundation stone for the national cathedral that it is a holy promise to God and being built to honour God.
Moreover, the president has on two occasion, in 2018 and recently, openly stated he will never legalize gay rights in Ghana.
The president is building the cathedral in collaboration with Christian community in Ghana, and they are all opposed to legalizing gay rights in Ghana. Meanwhile, government officials, traditional authorities, Islamic community and an overwhelming majority of citizens are openly opposed to gay rights.
Indeed, a key talking point about the national cathedral was the importation of a stone from Jerusalem which the president dropped into the first digging at the site.
The “holy stone” will symbolize the sacredness of the land earmarked for the project as Christians regard Jerusalem to be the most sacred site in the world.
Many Ghanaians will be shocked by the irony of the demand by the architect of the National Cathedral of Jesus Christ, who is now openly advocating for gay rights while they (the larger Ghanaian population) are also presumably opposed to gay rights in the name of God and religion.
In the letter signed by several celebrities of Ghanaian decent in the UK, including David Adjaye, they are asking the Ghanaian legalize homosexuality and they are also encouraging the LGBTQI community to stay strong because “we are with you.”
“We have watched with profound concern as you (gays) have had to question the safety of your vital work at the LGBT+ Rights Ghana Centre in Accra, and feared for your personal wellbeing and security. It is unacceptable to us that you feel unsafe,” the letter addressed to Ghana’s LGBT community said.
The group called Akufo-Addo and the government to ensure gay rights are respected and any and all forms of attacks on gays are ceased.
“As prominent and powerful advocates for this great country, we are beseeching His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and political/cultural leaders to create a pathway for allyship, protection and support. We petition for inclusivity which will make the nation even greater and even stronger,” the UK celebrities wrote.