Wedding photos of African lesbians in traditional Ghanaian cloth cause uproar

Lesbian couple believed to be Ghanaians at their wedding outside the country

Wedding photos of lesbians of African descent have caused an uproar on social media, especially from conservative Ghanaians who believe the two women are from their country.

One of the photos shows the women wearing traditional Ghanaian cloth called Kente as they share a kiss. Other pictures show one of them in a white suit and the other in a white gown at a beautiful ceremony filled with guests.

The origin of the pictures is unknown but reports say the wedding was held in the Netherlands where same-sex marriage is legal.

The backlash is not due to the four-tier wedding cake or the Mrs and Mrs sign next to the cake, but the belief that they were breaking the cultural norms of Ghana that abhors homosexualism.

It is taboo to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in Ghana and in many other parts of Africa where they face abuse and attacks. Only South Africa has legalized same-sex marriage.

In September, photos and videos of a Ghanaian man’s wedding to his American boyfriend at an undisclosed location in the United States went viral. Angry reactions were posted on social media against the solemn ceremony and the happy couple.

Below are the trending photos and reactions of the lesbian women believed to be Ghanaians in the Netherlands.

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African lesbian wedding

Warning: Some of the comments may be disturbing

they shouldn’t come to Ghana again cos if they do we wil beat and kill dem,if coming from my family cos it is again our LAWS .

— frank antwi safee (@AntwiSafee) December 13, 2017

Same reason why they got married there, no family member would follow them though
— Kwame (@Domani_Stilinsk) December 14, 2017

This article by Ismail Akwei was first published on

Published by Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, digital media and communications professional, editor, writer, arts, culture and tourism advocate, human rights activist, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and history buff. He has worked with multinational media companies across Africa and has over a decade’s experience in journalism.

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