Now, the verdict has been delivered and war has been declared in a new twist of events that has put the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) at loggerheads with local celebrities whose art is said to be brushing with the law.
When Blaqy’s were released two years ago, there was an outcry from the public that caught the attention of KFCB that immediately banned the songs.
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Their prayer demonstrates the integration of their Christian faith in their lives, apparently not hindered by their sexuality.
It challenges two dominant narratives: the first is the claim, by Kenya’s political and religious elite, that homosexuality is un-Kenyan and un-African; the second is the assumption, by the international media, that Africa is thoroughly and relentlessly homophobic.
Out of sight of the media, these men gathered in a highly symbolic place in Nairobi’s public space: the park of independence (), situated in the former White zone of the town, under the trees planted by political activist Wangari Maathai in a part of the park that she baptized ‘Freedom Corner’ in opposition to the oppressive regime of Daniel Arap Moi.
Making jokes about the cancelled nude protest, the men met to talk, share, and empower each other spiritually, emotionally, socially and economically.
One such organization is Other Sheep Kenya which promotes the full inclusion of LGBT people within their respective religious traditions.
To achieve this goal, it organizes workshops with pastors and church leaders. Michael Kimundu, a former Anglican priest expelled by his bishop because of his pro-gay views, a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been trained to share personal stories—of their sexuality and faith—at these workshops.
Yet one marginal Kenyan political party, the Republican Liberty Party, seized the Obama visit as an opportunity to profile themselves.
Party operatives made global headlines by announcing a mass nude protest in Uhuru Park in Nairobi so that Obama could see and understand the physiological differences between the two genders.
His work focuses on contemporary African Christianity, in particular in relation to issues of gender and (homo)sexuality.