If the contentious E-Levy had been reintroduced to Parliament today, it might have been the only thing separating the House, because the Speaker’s new costume has universal favor among MPs.

Speaker Alban Bagbin wore more indigenous clothing on opening day on Tuesday, instead of his typical ceremonial attire.

Bagbin's new look causes a stir as Parliament starts its session
Bagbin’s new look causes a stir as Parliament starts its session

The move was difficult to notice for social media users who had been greeted by this rapid alteration.


Mr. Bagbin indicated a few weeks ago that he would only use the Speaker’s cloak for ceremonial purposes this year as part of his resolve to reform the MPs’ dress code and code of behavior.

Mr. Bagbin has kept his promise as he dazzles in a Kente cloth.


He was seen today in his place, clad in kente cloth over a white lace shirt and a crown, regulating the House’s session.

The ensemble appears to be characteristic of the attire worn by Ewe chiefs at important traditional ceremonies.

“From now on, I want to see our members appear in parliament decently adorned in traditional dress,” he said to the agreement of the house.

Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpo, a South Dayi MP, has previously praised the speaker as radiant.

“The Radiance of the King: the new look of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, the Hon. ASK Bagbin,” he wrote on Twitter.

Here’s how some Ghanaians on social media received the new look.