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 […]
Sexuality in Africa
Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (155)
Special Issue, July 2016
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.
Gerald West and Janet Trisk
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.
The beginning was a burning drip of fire and sand from a diviner’s tray: “You will pound your womb into ash; carry your bulbs to the pyre” That vast body. That loss, that one line from many tongues. I was wide, fleet footed Free. I swallowed the plea opened my hands to her underneath to […]
We journey through life, Seeking to come to the end, Exploring our common identity With fears that express innermost realities Hidden from the world of sight Only expressed in a silent cry! We contemplate the goal, Of a journey not commonly traveled, By souls open to new imaginations And besieged by the power of the […]
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 […]