BBC Radio 4 recently produced a programme on the theme ‘Out in Africa’, in which presenter Charles Adesina explores dynamics of homophobia and the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa.
Adesina, an award-winning film- and radio-maker who himself is a gay man with Nigerian roots, explores in particular the role of religion in relation to issues of homosexuality in Africa. Among other people, he meets with British-Nigerian gay pastor Jide Macaulay from House of Rainbow Ministries, Rev Mpho Tutu-van Furth, daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and herself an Anglican priest who recently married a woman, the openly gay Imam Muhsin Hendricks from Cape Town’s People’s Mosque, and with a group of courageous South African grandmothers who have taken it upon themselves to learn what it means to be lesbian or gay, and defend their LGBT grandchildren from family hostility. Adesina also interviewed me as part of his preparations, and in the programme I give a commentary on the historical and socio-cultural backgrounds of anti-homosexuality politics in contemporary Africa, as well as on the complex role of religion.
The programme was broadcast on 20 December 2016, and in a slightly shorter version on 1 January 2017. It is available online through this link.