By Rebecca Ekpe
From a traditional Aristocratic wear, a colonial heritage to a traditional look, a replica of an African King. Call him ”Togbe”, ”King”, ”Fiaga”, or ”Ohene” Alban Sumani Bagbin.
All these are words, descriptive of a King.
Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin on January 25, 2022 made history by appearing in the House in a traditional attire.
Ghana’s Parliament reconvened today to commence the First Meeting of the Second Session of the 8th Parliament.
Some Ghanaians have welcomed Speaker Bagbin move and described it as not only ”Historic”, but a ”perfect way to showcase and project the African Identity”.
Alban Bagbin Speaks
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin announced in 2021 that from 2022, he will not wear the Cloak of the Speaker on regular sitting days.
This, according to the Speaker, was part of a resolve to change the dress code and code of conduct of Parliamentarians.
Describing the cloak worn by speakers as aristocratic, Mr. Bagbin explained that he would only wear it for ceremonial purposes.
In an interview with GBC News, Mr. Bagbin underscored the need to wear made-in Ghana clothing in order to ”deliberately market the Ghanaian culture”.