Homosexuality is also often depicted as an import from the deviant West. But the African Continent has always been more queer than generally acknowledged; it has always rainbow-hazed into such a range of sexualities that it is a matter of legitimate political and critical concern that homosexualities and African societies are read as antinomous. Also, these homosexualities fall outside of the purview of the law and even of language. The expression—‘to call a spade a spade’— entails speaking plainly without avoiding embarrassing issues. But what if the spade, while remaining a tool, is called differently in another language? While same-sex practices are rampant throughout the African Continent, claiming homosexual identity is forbidden and even condemned. The question of what constitutes ‘sex’ in Africa and, in particular, same-sex sex is still a blindspot.
let’s raise our hats to the biggest global news of the week thus far, after all this is Africa is a Country, not Earth’r’us: Nigeria, that giant town in Africa, declaring its disdain for any form or likeness of homosexuality. All peace-loving and weary Africans were barely coming out of mourning for Madiba (yes, we do need a month for mourning) when we were jolted back to surreality with the news that Nigeria had enacted one of the farthest hate mongering laws against any Nigerian who is not inclined towards opposite sex monogamy, polygamy (as long as it is between one man and several women only), and pedophilia (national senators in Nigeria actually think this is a sport).