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Widespread Outrage Over Chinese Businessman Named as Chief in Ghanaian Village

The appointment of Sun Qiang, a Chinese businessman, to the position of Development Chief (Nkosuohene) in the small southern Ghanaian town of Kwahu-Abetifi has prompted widespread outrage. 

Sun was awarded the honor after he donated $5,000 to build a new school in Abetifi. Although it’s not uncommon for foreigners to be named Nkosuohene, there’s clearly a sense of unease about a Chinese national receiving the honor.

A lot of people expressed concern on social media and in essays on leading Ghanaian news sites that the optics of Sun riding on the shoulders of local villagers is reminiscent of the country’s painful colonial past.

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