"When you ask me about my hair, you are discriminating against me" - New Gender Minister Otiko Djaba
The outspoken Djaba was recently sworn in as Minister following a controversial vetting session that saw the minority in Parliament reportedly walk out in protest of her eventual approval.
The Central Regional chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has described the new Minister's hair as a "gladiator cut".
"I mean she’s qualified (for the ministerial post). The only problem I have with her is her gladiator cut," said Allottey Jacobs.
Meanwhile, Ms Djaba has cried foul about the public obsession with her hair, which many have pointed out as being similar to that of global pop star Rihanna, thus rendering it 'inappropriate' for a government official.
"When you ask me about my hair, you are discriminating against me," she told JOY News.
"I have the right to maintain my hairstyle. It is not crazy; it is very African. The students call me the 'Swagger Mama'; they enjoy me because I am young at heart. When I hit the campuses, they are happy."
"Look, my hairstyle doesn't affect the price of Kenkey," she continued.
"My hairstyle doesn't affect poverty. My hairstyle is a winning hairstyle and it encourages the young people. Ghana has about 65% of our population being the youth, and being a 'Swagger Mama', I believe that I am the best person to engage the youth. They feel comfortable with me because they see themselves in me. They are ok with me and I'm ok with it," she added.