In Africa, there is a philosophy of Umunthu. It is concept that transcends above shaking hands, a friend’s embrace, acceptance, tolerance and recognition. A young filmmaker, Mwizalero Nyirenda has used the concept of Umunthu to address the issue of Homosexuality in Malawi.
The fight against homophobia continues but sadly, more African countries continue to toughen and stand by their laws against LGBTI people. Just last week the Health Minister in Malawi Jean Kalilani said the country will not change its laws against homosexual acts. Kalilani made the remarks as the government applied for a grant amounting to 257 euros from the Global Fund. Quizzed on whether some of the money will be used to improve the situation of the LGBTI community in Malawi, the minister said the grant would be channeled to the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.