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Otiko Djaba: Minister fires back at critiques over UN selfie

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba has said that she took a selfie at the UN General Assembly in order to “capture the moment” during President Akufo-Addo’s maiden address delivered to the UN in New York.

When asked whether she was actually taking a selfie on Accra-based Joy FM, she responded that “Yes, I did [take the selfie] to capture the moment.”

“Shwɛ, people saw me and they talked about it,” she boasted, adding that “I wanted to tell the world that our president was making a fantastic speech.”

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She said there was nothing wrong with taking a selfie at that time. She argued that Members of Ghana’s Parliament did same when the then President of US Barack Obama visited Ghana.

“You remember when Obama came to Parliament, everybody was taking pictures to capture the moment; to show the world that: ‘We dey there some’. This was a unique moment of an African leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, telling world leaders that there is a new Africa moving us out of poverty, moving us out of aid.”

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The selfie of Otiko Djaba and a Deputy Chief of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor who were at the UN General Assembly meeting with the president went viral on social media.

Many criticised them and described their conduct as inappropriate.

However, she reiterated that she didn’t see anything wrong with her action at the said time.

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