Nompumelelo Sithole

This year 2019 Africa Month, Africa is celebrating 54 years of determined efforts for unity under the continental organisation African Union. 54 years is a long time period to do introspection as the continent in socioeconomic freedom form foreign dominion and exploitation. The big question is, what is there for the LGBTI community to celebrate as Africans? The answer is simple and straight forward, nothing much.

The issue of homosexuality is not a new thing any society even Africans, but it is still one of the challenges of cultural integrity. It is time to use such platforms as Africa Day to put homosexuality on the table for a continental dialogue. Africa as a continent has never sat down and discussed the issue of homosexuality but by all means it is condemned.

The picture painted below on the African countries that have accepted homosexuality, same-sex marriage and those who are still treating it as illegal, makes one very sad and loose hope. In about

LEGAL

Benin, Burkina Faso, Seychelles, South Africa, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Democratic of Congo, Lesotho, Principe, Madagascar, Gabon, Guinea – Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, Rwanda, Mali, Mozambique, Djibouti and Sao Tome

ILLEGAL

Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Namibia, Libya, Malawi, Liberia, Mauritius, Morocco, Mauritania, Somalia, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Togo, Tunisia and Sudan

DEATH PENALTY

Mauritania, Sudan, Northern Nigeria and Southern Somalia

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