Retract and take it down - Sarkodie chides Sammy Gyamfi

BY: Kweku Zurek

Multiple award-winning Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has advised the National Communication Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Sammy Gyamfi to take down a controversial cartoon which interpolates the murder of African-American George Floyd.

The rapper in a tweet said he was sure that Mr Gyamfi did not want to joke with such a sensitive matter.

He posted: "Naa my brother we all go wrong sometimes... I will believe your intention wasn’t to joke with these serious n very sensitive issues, but you still wrong just do what’s right.... retract n take it down".

Sarkodie's tweet was among a torrent of reactions that were triggered by Mr Gyamfi's post which criticised the Electoral Commission's decision to compile a new voters' register.

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It will be recalled that Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Footage of the arrest on May 25 shows a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck while he was pinned to the floor.

Mr Gyamfi has defended his decision to post the cartoon. In another post on Facebook, he said: "cartoon doesn’t mock the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd or seek to exploit same for political capital in any way".

According to him, there is "nothing wrong with sharing of a cartoon which draws a parallel between the painful xenophobic murder of George Floyd, and the evil attempt by the GH EC to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters through a xenophobic voter register".‬