First-ever pan-African Pride will celebrate the ‘bustling, multi-layered reservoir’ of queer Africans

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07/21/2020

A first-of-its-kind pan-African LGBT+ Pride event, Pride Afrique, is set to take place virtually, celebrating the “bustling, multi-layered, chaotically explosive reservoir” of queer Africans. According to Star Observer, Pride Afrique will be the first pan-African virtual Pride, and has been organised entirely by volunteers across countries and time zones via Zoom. Pride Afrique will be a three-day live “storytelling experience”, running from August 14 to 16, “featuring the most critical voices” on LGBT+ issues in Africa, and acknowledging queer icons and history. It will feature content from individuals and organisations in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese touching on themes including the “intergenerationality of same-sex love, gender transgression, queer parenting, inter-faith queer revolutions”. David Nnanna Ikpo, a Nigerian lawyer, novelist and one of the virtual Pride event’s organisers: “The global media has been flooded with narratives of a completely homophobic and hopeless Africa.

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