Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Djaba, who rocks a Rihanna-inspired crazy ‘Skrillex’ hair style–admired by some and criticised by others, has said her critics are just jealous.
Though her hairstyle is not totally alien to Ghana, no high ranking public figure has ever given Ghanaians such a crazy hair style and therefore, she has come under attacks for rocking what many consider as inappropriate for her office.
The 55-year old woman whose hairstyle fits that of an 18-year-old recently told JOY Fm that, those attacking her looks are just being mischievous.
She said: “It is the propaganda of my opponents. They wish they could have my hairstyle. They wish their wives could have my hairstyle. You have to be confident about how you look and I am very confident about how I look and I am okay with it. The day I want to wear a headscarf, I will. If I decide to change my hair, it is my choice but not because of somebody else. And that is what we need to understand. Diversity is okay in Ghana.”
Otiko Djaba further said those criticising her hair are just doing so as a result od prejudice.
“It is part of the prejudice. I know people who paint their hair yellow or blue. People do their hair like Rasta; the first lady used to have that look. Some time back, people said that look was not correct and that it was a crazy look. But today, a lot of women say it is a natural look. Men who are growing bald take off all their hair and then their head looks like something from one of these space (alien) movies. Others also leave their beard and they do not ask anybody permission for that,” she said.
She continued…“Look, my hairstyle does not affect the price of ‘kenkey.’ My hairstyle does not affect poverty. My hairstyle is a winning hairstyle. It encourages the young people. Ghana has about sixty five percent of our population being youth and being a ‘swagger mama’, I believe I am the best person to engage the youth and they feel comfortable with me because they see themselves in me and I feel for them.”
“I do the hairstyle that I feel suits me and the youth call me the ‘swagger mama’. They enjoy me because I am young at heart. And when I hit the campuses, they are happy because of my hairstyle. It is a winning hairstyle,” Otiko added.