Minutes before and after 6 pm on December 9, 2020, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensa, was the most important human being to more than 30 million Ghanaians.
In a closely contested election, every Ghanaian was waiting with bated breath for her to speak and declare the Presidential results of the 2020 elections, as she is the only person who is allowed by the constitution to do so.
As such, she would be taking centre stage for the period she would be on TV to declare the results.
This also puts what she wears in focus.
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Ghana’s own traditional cloth interpreter, who uses the Twitter handle ChristDeKing, gave insight into the name and meaning of the Kente cloth Jean Mensa chose to wear to declare the results.
Kente is a royal cloth won on special occasions.
According to ChristDeKing whose actual name is Ernest Aburam, the Kente cloth Jean Mensa wore is called “Nyankonton” to wit, ‘God’s Eye’ or ‘Rainbow’.
He explained further that the cloth signified “beauty and uniqueness.”
Below is ChristDeKing’s tweet:
The Kente fabric the EC chairwoman Jean Mensah wore today is called Nyakonton [God’s eye or Rainbow ]— EL-DAD (@ChristDeKing) December 9, 2020
It signifies beauty and uniqueness.
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