Popular and renowned Ghanaian broadcaster Kwesi Kyei Darkwah has confirmed reports of his son –Darkwah Kyei Darkwah’s sexuality.
Kyei Darkwah opened up about being gay in an interview with a digital magazine, intomore.com.
“The moment I realised I was gay happened in primary school. Someone called me gay as an insult and I responded with ‘so what?’ I was totally fine with it, but others weren’t and that was when the discomfort and shame with my sexuality started,” he told intomore.com.
“Living under my parents’ roof, I was constantly hiding. I’d get home from school and be incredibly quiet, helpful and obedient. I stayed in my room most of the time. I was playing the role of the ‘ideal son’ so I could just skate by unnoticed. It wasn’t until I was no longer living at home that I started to realise I wasn’t anyone or anything I’d known so far in my life,” he said.
“I went through a lot of ups and downs, trying out new ways of dressing, trying out new friendship groups, and reinventing myself over and over again. I realise I did this because I was still trying to fit in a box – the stylish black guy, the cool and macho black guy, the femme, flamboyant and fun black guy. None worked because there is a lot more to me (and any person for that matter) than a stereotype. I am now very comfortable with my sexuality because I don’t feel I need to conform to any one image,” he added.
Darkwah’s admission of being gay has shocked many in Ghana with some questioning why his father allowed him to depart from the normally accepted way of sexuality.
Commenting on the issue on his Facebook wall, the Kwasi Kyei Darkwah populary referred to as KKD said he still loves his son despite his admission of being gay.
“Come joy or pain, sunshine or rain, success or failure, I will always love my son Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah and my daughter Ohemaa Asokwa Kyei-Darkwah.
“My love, care and devotion to my children are non-negotiable. There are ex-wives and ex-husbands but there are no ex-children nor ex-parents.
“No truth nor lies, no malicious gossip nor ill-willed broadcast can ever change my love and devotion for my children no matter who they think they are.”
Below is the full statement on KKD’s wall
KKD writes: “a beautiful Friday to you, family, friends, followers, frenemies and foes.
I have been notified of the eagerly re-published article on my dearly beloved son Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah’s speaking up on his acceptance of his sexuality.
His words were candid and courageous.
“The first step to being happy is to be honest and embrace who you are in its totality.” -Anon.
His statement of his conviction and comfort with himself as a young man is a matter of an individual’s sexuality.
Come joy or pain, sunshine or rain, success or failure, I will always love my son Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah and my daughter Ohemaa Asokwa Kyei-Darkwah.
My love, care and devotion to my children are non-negotiable.
There are ex-wives and ex-husbands but there are no ex-children nor ex-parents.
No truth nor lies, no malicious gossip nor ill-willed broadcast can ever change my love and devotion for my children no matter who they think they are.
Through divorce and a year after, I stayed strong through the storm as a single father to raise my son and daughter aged 7+ and 5+, working, teaching, cooking, cleaning, ironing, reading, driving, playing, flying, juggling, mentoring, role-playing and praying, all to keep their welfare paramount.
I have never ever shunned them as some strange and hateful persons would have the feeble-minded and gullible believe.
The uncouth, green-eyed monsters and miserable plebeians’ obsession with the lives of those they secretly admire or hate can lead to some rather curious acts of malice.
I have plenty praise for all the Earth Angels; family, lovers and loyal friends who helped me through my work and studies to care for our kind, courteous and gifted children.