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Johnson Asiedu Nketia, general secretary of the National Democratic Congress, was snapped wearing a camel-coloured, fur-trimmed number on the trip, and was promptly ridiculed by fellow politicians and social media users. Mr Nketia says nobody in Germany mentioned his choice of attire, but it was a different story back home in Ghana, where one opposition politician seized on the fashion choice as evidence of a “totally confused” administration.

Mr Nketia has met the mockery with good humour, and says he isn’t bothered by the fuss. “When we embark on a state visit… we are going to use our brains to help the country, not to showcase our attire at fashion show,” he said in a radio interview, adding that he didn’t see the point in buying a new coat for such a fleeting visit. And it seems there is an upside to being ridiculed for your fashion choices. In an interview published on the Ghana Vibes website Mr Nketia says: “I can hit my chest and say that I’m the only political party executive to chart a new fashion trend.”

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