History Opinions & Features December 10, 2019 at 04:00 pm

Judicial wigs and four other colonial legacies Africans are upholding by choice

Nii Ntreh December 10, 2019 at 04:00 pm

December 10, 2019 at 04:00 pm | History, Opinions & Features

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Only a handful of African countries have decriminalized homosexuality. Photo Credit: DW.com

Colonial-era anti-gay laws

The push towards making African countries more tolerable to LGBT rights is essentially a struggle against punitive colonial-era laws in many African countries.

But with time, Africans have accepted these laws as their own and even tightened them. Conservative religiosity has been the strongest anti-LGBT force in these African countries.

Ironically, LGBT rights are now enshrined in the laws of the former colonial powers.

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