Ghanaian Phd Student of Ohio University risks losing scholarship over Anti-LGBTQ tweets

Sika Togoh
Sika Togoh
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A student of Ghanaian origin reading Biological Science at the prestigious Ohio University in America risks losing Phd bursary over  anti-LGBTQ tweets shared on his profile page.

The woes of the student by name, Derrick Sekyi Boadi began when social media app, Twitter flagged his comments on July 21,2023.

A Twitter user , Papa Kojo Ampofo who identifies himself as an intersex and pro-gay activist in Ghana sent a petition to the Ohio University, where Derrick is studying .

This comes after pro-gay rights activist Papa Kojo Ampofo reported Derrick for making anti-LGBT posts and sending derogatory messages to him.

The scholarship awarded to Derrick was meant for LGBTQIA+ community members, applicants from the Global South, first-generation students, and people with disabilities.

According to Papa Kojo, he had reported Derrick to the dean at Ohio University after the Ghanaian student came into his DM with threats and derogatory messages because of a post he made condemning injustice against the LGBT community.

She revealed that the scholarship that Derrick was awarded is meant for LGBTQIA+ community, applicants from the Global South, first-generation students, and people with disability. “His Fellowship and Funding was given on the basis that he remains a good representative of our school and advocate for an Inclusive and Diverse school and work environment,” she further added.

As a punitive measure for his actions, the scholarship board has agreed to suspend the Ghanaian student’s Fellowship and Funding until after the investigation, which is now in the hands of the University.

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