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Nigerian authors blast Ugandan anti-gay law as ‘un-African’

  • http://www.speeddatingbytamara.com Helen Kalmar

    Unfortunately, I believe this shows the world exactly what Africa is like although as most stereotypical topics in life, it does not include everyone. Africa, as a continent, needs to change its draconian ways on many issues. Let’s start with legalising being gay as people need to understand there is nothing wrong with love. When did these people first realise they were straight which a gay person never questions because they are who they are

  • Amber

    I find it so ironic that Africans wanted freedom from being enslaved and oppression, then go on to oppress and murder LGBT people. Now some might say that it’s the “whites” that are to blame, but it’s not. These people are adults, they know the difference from right and wrong. It’s even more abhorrent the fact that most of Africa were slaves. They are doing the same thing to LGBT people as we’re done to them.

    • Rehan

      Do you? Most oppressed people usually seek others to oppress in turn. Can you point me to one historical example where that has not been the case? The concept and promotion of human rights and equality usually come from societies with a large and powerful educated middle class (Sweden, Netherlands, UK), something most African societies today still lack.

  • Phil D

    In you last section, you mean ‘condemnation’ (not commendation) I sincerely trust.

  • Traveller_23

    I would urge people to read this article on Autostraddle – it goes a long way to balance out the story of why Africa is how it is today: http://www.autostraddle.com/we-need-to-talk-about-colonialism-before-we-criticize-international-anti-lgbtq-legislation-218306/

    Crucially, it mentions the role of British colonial buggery laws and US Christian Evangelism and how these have nurtured homophobia in the region. They are by no means the sole root causes, but are often missed in discussion. You have to examine why a society is how it is if you’re going to address its problems.

  • Truth

    Not only is it ‘un-African’, it is totally un-constitutional. What is the point of having statutory legal protection which guarantees ‘equity for all citizens’ if you are going to abandon sections of it when the mood takes. It is a joke and illustrates how backward and chaotic some African regimes remain.

  • Rehan

    Well done, Ms Adichie – a brace stance to take in a country like Nigeria.

    It’s telling that no male authors have taken a public stance on the matter.

  • Mike

    Well done for speaking out. However, I can’t say I’ve seen any evidence of liberal ideas in Africa. Constant military coups, massacres and starvation, either in the name of “god” or “nationalism” (usually tribalism) Of course if you say this you are accused of being a racist (no, a realist) But of course they see being Gay as worse than any of these as we cause earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters across the globe(!)

  • Iain Logan

    Clear evidence on how religious teaching is extremely dangerous when taken literally and can strongly influence policy making, thereby making peoples lives a misery. I feel there is a lot of effort being made to counter the political aspects of the anti-gay law, however there is not enough effort being made to combat the religious input that seems to be driving this hatred of gays. Why is religion immune to criticism and mediation?

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