Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwasi Agyeman, says he sees absolutely nothing wrong with a porn star visiting Ghana for the ‘Year of Return’.
He was reacting to rumors concerning a popular porn star, Byron Long’s visit to Ghana this December for Christmas.
The black- American porn star, Byron Long indicated he will be heading to Ghana this December 2019 as part of the ‘Year of Return’ campaign.
A photo of him with the flag of Ghana stating his intention to join other African Americans for the program on social media attracted diverse reactions.
But the Tourism Ministry CEO, in an interview stated he does not object his decision so far as he has been granted visa and is also law abiding. He added, he is not in a position to make moral judgements about the issue.
“As I sit here I can’t be a judge on who to come to Ghana because he is this or that. So far as they apply for a visa, they get the visa and they come into the country and are law-abiding, who am I to say they should not come. So to that extent, people like Cardi B and I don’t even know who the porn star is, I don’t know him but I have also seen the story that says somebody is coming who is porn star. Is pornography legal where he is coming from? If it is and he comes to Ghana and visits the castle or visits a place, what is wrong with that?” he quizzed.
He however noted, his outfit is collaborating with security agencies to track the activities of all persons coming into the country. Hence, there is no cause for alarm.
”Once we open up our country for tourism, all kinds of people will come in. Even the risk of people with dodgy characters, potential terrorists and all of them are going to look at Ghana as a destination and that is why we are working closely with the immigration, national security and the police service to make sure that at least data is collected and we can track. That is as far as my mandate goes. I don’t make moral judgements in these matters. Personally I would not be there, but I am not here to serve my personal interest. I am here to serve the state and I don’t make moral judgements,” he said.