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“Mikael Owunna’s Limit(less) project debunks the idea that being LGBTQ is Un-African
Have you ever heard about the Apophatic Theology? It’s a type of theological thinking and religious practice that attempts to approach God, the Divine, by negation, to speak only in terms of what may not be said about the perfect goodness that is God. It forms a pair together with cataphatic theology, which approaches God or the Divine by affirmations c.q. positive statements about what God is.
Now, let’s apply this theory to Africanity. Given the complexity and diversity of being African, it is much easier to describe Africanity by talking about what does not characterize it. And one of the things that does not have anything to do with it is having a homophobic and transphobic attitude. Yes! Homophobia and transphobia do not belong to Africanity.
Long before the obstinate expansion of Christianity and Islam, being a queer person was not something new or alien to African cultures, and people did not face any persecution for having a different identity and/or gender role and/or sexual orientation to the majority of their ethnic group.” – Words | Theo Imani @griotmag