What traditional African homosexuality learned from West


Homosexuality has a long history in Africa, says anthropologist Patrick Awondo, contrary to the claims of politicians who consider it a recent Western import.

But Awondo acknowledged in an interview last month that two key elements in the debate over homosexuality in Africa did come from the West — first, colonial-era laws against homosexual activities and, more recently, the establishment of groups opposing discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people.

“Homosexuality has always existed, but some of the current forms of gay self-identification and gay activism originated elsewhere,” he said.

Awondo was in Cameroon last month to help lead a training session on HIV/AIDS.

Citing historical records of homosexual practices in Africa, Awondo mentioned evidence of same-sex sexual relationships in Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and Benin.

It is helpful for Africans to know about ancient practices such as Mossi kings’ sexual relations with their pages and marriages between women in…

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300 Stunning Oufits by African Designers I Lust Over…

functional fashion. i love it

The Chronicles of an African Girl

I am a tomboy (my twin brother is to blame for this)… However, I do appreciate a pretty dress or two. I therefore set out on a journey to look for breathtaking attires made by Africans. I was in for a pleasant treat… Below I present to you in no particular order 300+ African dresses I like… I realized there are loads more designers whose pieces I haven’t looked at, so feel free to let me know if you have any more suggestions… akinyiadongo @ gmail . com…

1. Kipusa (Kenya)

1 Kipusa (Kenya)

2 Gavin Rajah (South Africa) sdr.co.za

Gavin Rajah

3 Taibo Bacar (Mozambique) sdr.co.za

Taibo Bacar

4 Hip Hop (South Africa) sdr.co.za

4 Hip Hop (South Africa) sdr.co.za

5 Melrose Arch Collective (South Africa) sdr.co.za


6 Thula Sindi (South Africa)

6 Thula Sindi (South Africa)

7 KIKI Clothing (Ghana)

7 KIKI Clothing (Ghana)

8 Tiffany Amber (Nigeria)

8 Tiffany Amber (Nigeria)

9 David Tlale (South Africa)

9 David Tlale (South Africa)

10 MODChic by Ebele Iloanya (Nigeria)

10 MODChic by Ebele Iloanya (Nigeria)

11 Hip Hop (South Africa) sdr.co.za

Hip Hop

12 Ally Rehmtullah (Tanzania)

12 Ally Rehmtullah (Tanzania)


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An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation

let the truth reign

"I Said I Don't Know."--and Other Answers to Hard Questions


I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. If you want to hear about how that went, ask me, seriously, I want to talk about it until I die. The whole thing was great; but the best part was when Macklemore sang “Same Love.” Augustana’s gym was filled to the ceiling with 5,000 people, mostly aged 18-25, and decked out in thrift store gear (American flag bro-tanks, neon Nikes, MC Hammer pants. My Cowboy boyfriend wore Cowboy boots…not ironically….). The arena was brimming with excitement and adrenaline during every song, but when he started to play “Same Love,” the place about collapsed. Why? While the song is popular everywhere, no one, maybe not even Macklemore, feels its true tension like we do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If you’re not familiar, here’s the song:

Stop–did you watch it? Watch it.

Before the song, Macklemore spoke really…

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honesty hour

this has been a very tough week with me and my body. while i am happy at improved heart health & continuing on this journey, BUT this week i’ve felt like quitting. i’ve felt like slipping back into the space of just carrying along as though someone can gift me a new body if/when this one breaks down from disservice. so i’m paying extra special attention to everything i eat this week, in the hopes that feeding this body life foods will give me the energy to push through this slump. also hoping that these life foods will help me break through this plateau i seem to have hit. my trainer at the Gym keeps me motivated, even when he can see that I’m not feeling like my Champion self. my delightful personal person is also feeding my spirit with lots of encouragement, so i know this too shall pass.

Abraham Oshoko’s June 12 1993: Annulment so hot even Nigerian Authorities won’t let it go!

Farafina Books

3On the 12th of June 2013, Kachifo Limited was scheduled to commence circulation of its latest publication, June 12, 1993 Annulment, by Abraham Oshoko, sequel to June 12, The Struggle for Power in Nigeria.

The cargo containing the books arrived in Nigeria on Sunday, the 9th of June, 2013, and our staff went to the airport and with our clearing agents, commenced the necessary steps and clearance required before the books would be released. This was not to be, as after the Standard Organization of Nigeria had carried out their screening procedures, and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, had ensured that the cargo contained no contraband and cleared the books.

Then, just when we thought we could finally deliver the books to the waiting public, they were promptly seized by none other than the Nigerian State Security Service. Kachifo Limited staff were informed that…

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this is just amazing. so measured and rational. if only my fellow nigerians would see the light to this extent. a luta continua

Ayo Sogunro

Before You Proceed

Two guiding premises underlie this article. The first is this: this article does not support or reject homosexuality as a sexual orientation. The purpose of this article is not to plead the cause of homosexuality as a lifestyle—there are many who have done that, and this is no place to rehash the argument. This article instead recognises the existence of homosexuals as a distinct sub-culture—a minority, if you prefer—within a larger culture, and is concerned, instead, about a philosophy of hate and prejudice against this minority which is about to be set in motion in the guise of legislation.

The second premise is this: that you, the reader, are not entrenched in some belief system that supersedes any attempt at reason. And so, this article is not for those who rely on prejudice, and by “prejudice”, I mean the bigots, the fanatics, the fundamentalists and all those…

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