Artist Wangechi Mutu Talks About Her Initiative ‘Africa’s Out’

Kenyan artist and Activist Wangechi Mutu speaks about her new platform ‘Africa’s Out’, an initiative that was inspired by Wanja Muguongo’s work with UHAI EASHRI and the very public coming out of her close friend and fellow activist author Binyavanga Wainaina.

On January 18, 2014, through a symbolic letter to his Mother published online, Binyavanga pronounced that he is gay.  It was the ‘lost’ chapter of a book he’d published two years before, called “One Day I’ll Write About This Place”, for which I helped design the cover. Only one week prior to Binyavanga’s letter, former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan passed a flat-out anti-gay law, which makes same-sex relationships illegal, punishable with up to 14 years in prison.  Uganda passed a similar law on February 24, 2014, punishing “aggravated homosexuality” with life imprisonment (revised from an earlier proposal of the bill, in which individuals would receive the death penalty). -Wangechi Mutu

Through ongoing events and radical idea’s ‘Africa’s Out’ serves as a safe and creative platform for Africans to engage and empower one another.

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