March reminds organizer that Africa is "pro-life territory"
A pro-life event in the center of Ghana’s capital Saturday reassured an African activist that “Africa is pro-life territory.”
Obianuju Ekeocha, director of Culture of Life Africa, said that hundreds of people took part in a March for Life, singing and dancing and sharing “the Gospel of Life” with passersby. She said many people on the sidelines of the three-mile march cheered on the protestors.
The march, which went through the main market in Accra, was “beautiful and lyrical,” Ekeocha said. “I have said it a thousand times… Africa is indeed pro-life territory.”
If there was any question about that, the signs that protesters carried sent a strong message: “Abortion is Wrong–Stop It.” “We Want a Real Civilization of Love in Africa.” “African Governments: Promote the Culture of Life.”
The march was part of a series of pro-life event that the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference held for the first time in Accra. Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was one of several speakers at the conference, which was held in Accra’s Holy Spirit Cathedral.
Ekeocha urged participants to work towards ejecting international pro-choice agencies from Ghana, where they are promoting condom use and abortion in some hospitals, schools and villages and seeking to normalize homosexual relations.
The Nigerian-born Ekeocha, who is now based in the UK, reflected last week on writing an open letter to Melinda Gates three years ago. In that letter, Ekeocha said that Gates, the wife of billionaire founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, planned to collect pledges for $4.6 billion in order to ensure that African women were less fertile, less encumbered and more "liberated."
“I see this $4.6 billion buying us misery," Ekeocha wrote at the time. "I see it buying us unfaithful husbands. I see it buying us streets devoid of the innocent chatter of children. I see it buying us disease and untimely death. I see it buying us a retirement without the tender loving care of our children.”
“But Melinda Gates did not rethink her project,” Ekeocha said last week.