Collins Dauda, the Member of Parliament for the Asutifi South Constituency in Ghana, has made headlines for wearing only white outfits to parliament for over 14 years. He recently explained that his love for the color white is something that has been with him since he was young, and he has no particular reason for it.
Dauda, who is one of Ghana’s longest-serving MPs, joined parliament in 1993 but only started wearing white exclusively in 2009. His colleagues in parliament have reportedly asked him about his wardrobe choice, to which he has always responded that he simply loves the color white.
He recounted an instance where he had to wear black for an event in parliament and had difficulty finding a black outfit to wear since he only has white clothes in his wardrobe. When asked what he wears to funerals that require black attire, Dauda said he usually wears a smock.
Dauda has a long history of public service in Ghana. He served as a member of the Asutifi District Assembly from 1978 to 1981 and was a member of the Consultative Assembly that drew up the 1992 Ghana constitution between 1991 and 1992. He was first elected to parliament in 1992 on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), making him the first MP for Asutifi South in the Fourth Republic. He won a second term in the 1996 parliamentary election, but lost his seat in the 2000 election.
Dauda returned to parliament in 2004 and has held the seat ever since. From 2002 to 2004, when he was out of parliament, he served as the Regional Chairman of the NDC in the Brong Ahafo Region. In February 2009, he was appointed Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, and later reshuffled to the Ministry of Water Resources, Works, and Housing.