Co-Authored with Petronella Chalwe 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 US government’s […]
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.
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.
Featured articles from Sexuality in Africa, a special issue of the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. Visit the Table of Contents to access all articles in the journal.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]