By Sharon Nyangweso (Twitter: @Sharon_okeno)
Not so long ago, the incredibly talented Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explained that we need to destroy this idea that tradition is some kind of natural phenomenon and accept it as man made. The sooner we do that, the sooner we can understand that there are some aspects of “tradition” that no matter how old, are detrimental to our prosperity.
So often I’ve had conversations with my African seniors whose opinions and insight I hold so highly, and I have allowed myself to turn a blind eye at their blatant homophobia or transphobia. They are old men and women, no need to fight them on their set ways after all. But, here is the thing, I also find my generation of Africans echoing these very sentiments, and I can’t help but think: Are these ideals; homosexuality, gender fluidity, feminism, truly “un-African”?
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