Africa is still not free decades after independence swept the continent, driving colonial rulers and imperialists from the Black Continent. Because African leaders have a history of being ineffective, dishonest, and always turning to the developed countries for financial assistance, these countries are now telling them what to do, and one of the things that the wealthy countries want African leaders to do is legalize homosexuality.
In numerous nations around the globe over many centuries, concerns about equality have been raised regarding issues of skin color, race, gender, immigration, national minorities, and sexual orientation and because homosexuality is not accepted as a means of making love among Africans, many African leaders, including Mugabe, Atta-Mills, Museveni, and others, have openly expressed their displeasure with the legalization of homosexuality in their countries.
Ugandan politician opposing the legalization of homosexuality in the country, photo credit: Ugandan media
It is blatant hypocrisy to know that the missionaries and colonial rulers who used the bible to colonize and plunder Africa, now want Africans to live in opposition to what the Bible teaches; more significantly, even though homosexuality has a long history in Africa; it is not supported by the culture. Although the majority of Africans oppose the legalization of homosexuality in their countries, the West and the United States of America are unwilling to accept a "no" for an answer.
Many African leaders have used various platforms to respond to the West and the United States of America regarding the legalization of homosexuality in Africa. As stated by Mugabe "In Zimbabwe, we don't accept it when a man says he wishes to wed another man. Women's rights cannot be discussed at all if we move in that path. Extinction will result, according to Mugabe. Mothers were endowed with the ability to procreate.”
In an interview, a journalist questions Ugandan President Museveni about why his nation opposes the legalization of homosexuality. He merely responded, “because it is disgusting.” Former Ghanaian leader John Atta-Mills is one of the African leaders who opposed homosexuality in the continent. He delivered a concise, wise statement to David Cameron. "He has no right to direct other sovereign nations as to what they should do," he told Cameron.
Even though I strongly oppose all forms of cruelty and discrimination against LGBTQ people, this inspirational statement from the former president of Ghana should encourage all African leaders to fight against the acceptance of homosexuality in their countries. Africa has a wealth of resources that can eradicate poverty, African leaders must stop begging and borrowing from wealthy nations because those who feed you instruct you what to do.