Abstract This article argues that the only adequate theological frame within which we do queer theology and construct a queer theological pedagogy in Africa is an African liberation ideo-theological frame. This article delineates the various distinctive features of such a frame, and then offers some reflections on the constraints within African contexts that mitigate against […]
It is with joy and gratitude that we introduce this special issue of the Journal. It is not often that we are able to offer an entire issue of the Journal devoted to a particular theme, especially as important a theme as sexuality in Africa. This special issue has been over a year in the planning and preparation. Our grateful thanks go to its editors, Michael Adee and Kapya John Kaoma, who, having identified the theme as one of particular importance on our continent, have encouraged the authors in their exploration of the theme.
We are delighted that this Special Issue will be released in time for the 21st International AIDS Conference to be hosted in Durban, South Africa.
Editors of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa.
A publication from the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
The KwaZulu-Natal Declaration of the First African Scholars’ Consultation on Human Sexuality, Religion and Equality, August 31, 2014.
Introduction: Dr. Michael Adee
The History of this Special Issue: A Journey of Solidarity.
Introduction: Dr. Kapya Kaoma
“I Say, We must Talk, Talk, Mama!” Introducing African Voices on Religion, Ubuntu and Sexual Diversity
To FannyAnn Eddy, David Kato, Eric Lembeme, Eudy Simlane, Maurice Mjomba, Duduzile Zozo, Patricia Mashigo, Madieye Diallo, and all fallen sexual minorities, their names to us, unknown.
Articles from the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (155), July 2016 Special Issue, Sexuality in Africa.
Abstract The narrative that does justice is an oppositional discourse re-enacted in the liminal spaces as a dynamic cultural form termed as ‘narrative of resistance.’ Describing public religious speech acts as liminal discourse highlights the symbolic and ideological dimensions that can enable African Christians, Zambians in particular, to take an oppositional stance against heterosexist narrative […]
Co-Authored by Rev. Kapya Kaoma, Th.D. Abstract In this article, we explore the influence of colonial and post-colonial missionary activities on Africa’s sexual politics. We share the thesis that contemporary African sexual politics is influenced by external forces such as colonisation and Euro-American missionary activities. Specifically, we examine the political and religious influence of the […]
Co-authored with Chammah J. Kaunda, Ph.D. Abstract The article argues that imbusa1 among the Bemba people of Zambia is not only a ritual and ideological space in which women engage in premarital teaching of young brides, but also an important site for sexual expression. The traditional sexual dance (infunkutu) is analysed to demonstrate how it […]
Co-authored with Gerald O. West, Ph.D. Abstract Research has shown that young African women are one of the key populations that is most at risk to HIV infection. Indications are that these young women are increasingly engaging in age-disparate ‘sugar daddy’ relationships which is increasing their vulnerability. This article follows the See-Judge-Act methodology, beginning with […]
Abstract The spectre of cultural and religious relativism has dogged African women’s rights activists for decades, particularly in the area of sexual and reproductive human rights. In Uganda, such debates and tensions were manifest in the rapid successive passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, the Anti-Pornography Act and the HIV Prevention & Control Act. A policy […]
Abstract This article examines the role of religious actors in the emergence of sexual politics in Cameroon. Apart from arguing that the Catholic Archbishop Victor T. Mbakot, Cardinal Christian W. Tumi, and the private media were the key actors in the public debate of homosexuality, the article argues that their actions created the moral sexual […]
My point is, and I think it is a very anthropological one, our real enlightenment lies not in the application of imageless ideas exported from the West, but in beginning with African images and by careful method learning what they imply—what is embedded in them. Fernandez 2 All politics are about stories and imagination. Stories […]
Abstract The article seeks to situate issues of sexuality and gender orientation in an ecological perspective. It is well known that most plant species are not two-gendered, although a few trees are like the human species: male, female and intersex. Some animal species, such as snails, are fully intersex. Moreover, over 450 animal species have […]
Abstract This article explores the silence associated with sexuality in Africa. Aside from examining the false premise that homosexuality is un-African and un-Christian, this article argues that sexuality in Africa was not only socially controlled, but also carried socio-ethical and sacred overtones. Against the belief that sexuality in Africa exists in silence, the essay contends […]
Abstract The arts of mourning, like the masquerade and the elegy in poetry, are cultural treasures and sources of memory beyond the silence of death. How then do we mourn as queer and same gender loving Africans in the face of state-sanctioned violence and homophobia, which have led to the deaths of LGBTI Africans from […]
Introducing African Voices on Religion, Ubuntu and Sexual Diversity In May 2014, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) broke the African silence around homophobia and transphobia when it vividly condemned ‘acts of violence, discrimination and other human rights violations’ directed on sexual minorities (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, LGBTI) at […]
An Invitation In late 2012, at the Desmond Tutu Center in New York City during a summit on global religions and human sexuality, I was in conversation with Dr. Kapya Kaoma about the wave of anti-homosexuality laws and the rising violence against sexual minorities in Africa. Kaoma said, “We need to change the narrative in […]