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Nurses, midwives and relatives saw my son as a girl – Mother of transgender recounts


Mother of transgender music artiste, Araba Forson, has recounted how after she gave birth to her son, he was consistently perceived as a girl until he finally grew to become a transgender with the name Angel Maxine.

Originally born as Maxwell Okyere Opoku (Kwabena), Angel Maxine is now a fully groomed transgender, despite the presence of a penis between her legs.

Speaking with Benjamin Akakpo on the Prime Morning Show on Friday, Araba Forson recalled that immediately after putting to birth, the nurses and midwives at the hospital started referring to Kwabena as a girl. This was because Kwabena was chubby and possessed very delicate eyes and hair like that of a girl.

Recounting her experience on TV, Araba further indicated that the perception of her son as a girl did not end at the hospital. As a fashion designer, she disclosed that most of her clients who visited her shop and met her absence, later came back and asked about her ‘daughter’ she left behind.

According to Araba, when her customers made such remarks, she had to consistently explain to them that Kwabena was not a girl, despite her feminine physique and outlook.

Araba revealed that during weighing sessions at the hospital, the nurses also reacted in shock when they saw the baby with the name, “Maxwell Okyere Opoku”. Stunned by Maxwell’s striking feminine looks, the nurses took Maxwell around the hospital, admiring his beauty and inviting others to observe his unique looks.

Araba’s mother, who also saw Kwabena as a girl, went ahead to buy pink dresses for her supposed ‘granddaughter’. In Araba’s narration to Benjamin Akakpo, these were some of the notable occasions where the world erroneously perceived her biological son as a girl-child, instead of the boy he was.

“ Oh the nurses, immediately they call ‘Maxwell Okyere Opoku’, and I get up, ah, but she’s a girl, I said ‘no’, he’s a boy … So they would just lose her and take her round, [saying] look oo … look at something … look at a boy … she’s a boy … she’s a girl …” Araba explained.

According to Araba, during the era of the public confusion about her son’s gender identity, the conversations about LGBTQ were not popular, hence everybody simply admired Kwabena’s beauty without giving thoughts to LGBTQ and its dynamics.

Araba’s son, Maxwell Okyere Opoku, who now prefers to be known as ‘Angel Maxine’ is known on social media as a staunch LGBTQ advocate and a transgender songstress with her hit track, ‘Wo Fie’.

In her opinion, the LGBTQ community in Ghana should not be subjected to any form of ill treatment or discrimination because of their distinct sexual preferences. Maxine is therefore forcefully against the current bill in Parliament which seeks to criminalize LGBTQI+ in Ghana.

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