Father of dreadlocks student threaten to stop tourists from Jamaica

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Outspoken father of one of the students denied admission into Achimota School because of his dreadlocks is threatening to discourage Jamaican tourists from coming to Ghana because of the discrimination against his son. 

Ras Aswad Nkrabea was the first to make the discrimination against his son public on social media, before it went viral and has now become a subject for huge national debate.

Maanaa Myers and her son

His wife, Maanaa Myers told KofiTV in an interview monitored by ABC News that her husband has been in Ghana for over 20 years and has brought in loads of Jamaicans tourists and settlers to Ghana, most of whom are now very upset about the discrimination against their kind in Ghana.

“This year he is working to bring over 200 tourists from Jamaica to Ghana as part of Akufo-Addo’s Year of Return Agenda but now he says he will discourage the tourist from coming,” she said.

Joe Biden’s Advisor

Additionally, Maanaa Myers noted that the fight for her son’s rights is taking international dimension, as a US-based Ghanaian Advisor to US President Joe Biden, Adwoa Asamoah has also promised to join the fight on behalf of the boy and the family.

“Adwoa Asamoah called us and said they a bit busy with some stuff but when she settles down she will pick up the fight on our behalf from the international level – so this fight is going to get even bigger in the coming days,” she said.

It would be recalled that some three first-year students place in Achimota School by the Computer Placement System were denied admission because of their dreadlocks. The school asked them to cut off their dreadlocks before returning to school.

Whereas the parents of one of the students (female) have remained quite, those of the two boys and the victims themselves have been quite outspoken about the violation of their constitutional rights, threatening legal action.

Several individuals and institutions have had their go on the issue, with some supporting the school for insisting other rules and regulations, while others insist any institutional regulation that are not consistent with individual rights protected by the 1992 Constitution are void.

Meanwhile, as the school insist on a no dreadlocks policy, Caucasian students with long hair have been given admission, even though the school’s own rules say ALL students must keep short hair.

Maanaa Myers said for Rastafarians, cutting off one’s dreadlocks is worse than killing the person because their cardinal rule is “death before dishonor”.

She noted that dreadlocks, to them, is equal to the color of one’s skin, and so cutting it off on the orders of someone else, is equal to bleaching one’s skin because someone else insisted on it.

According to her, in the face of the current situation, they even considered home-schooling their son, which they have done before, when he was younger, and it worked perfectly.

“We have heard all the calls by people for us to home school our son. We have three sons and all three are very smart. We home-schooled them in their early ages. We only put them in the general school system due to pressure from friends and family, so home schooling them is not a challenge at all,” he stated.

She explained further than there is an association of parents who home school their kids, of which they were members and that is how they created the environment for their kids to socialize and it worked well, except that the boys have now become used to the school system so they do not want to deny them.

Maanaa Myers debunked the allegation that Accra Academy had agreed to admit her son, saying that those were just from Ghanaians trolling Achimota School on social media.

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