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Uganda Plans to Re-introduce its Inhuman 'Kill the Gays' Bill

Should the bill be passed in parliament, homosexuality will be punished by death.

Uganda is yet another African country with some of the most discriminatory laws as it pertains to members of the LGBTQ community. According to the Daily Mail, the government plans to bring back to parliament a bill called "Kill the Gays" which was rejected five years ago based on a technicality. With Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's support, the government intends to not only punish homosexuality with the death penalty but also criminalize those who are involved in its "promotion and recruitment". There has been tremendous backlash and condemnation of the news on social media.


Many activists and members of the LGBTQ community have expressed concerns that the bill will result in increased targeted violence and hate crimes. Pepe Julian Onziema, from Sexual Minorities Uganda, said that already three gay men and one transgender woman had been murdered in homophobic attacks this year alone.

Back in 2014, Uganda's constitutional court rejected the controversial bill on a technicality because it reportedly included the death penalty. However, the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, is certain that it will be passed successfully this time. In a statement, Lokodo said that, "Homosexuality is not natural to the Ugandans, but there has been a massive recruitment by gay people in schools, and especially among the youth, where they are promoting the falsehood that people are born like that." Lokodo went on to add that, "Our current penal law is limited. It only criminalizes the act. We want it made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalized. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence."

Although in the past, international outrage over anti-gay laws has led to countries including the United States of America, Netherlands, Norway and Denmark as well as entities such as the World Bank, reducing their financial aid to the East African country, the Ugandan government says that is prepared for the backlash and will not "bow to a people who want to impose a culture which is foreign to us."

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Wekafore Releases Fela Kuti Inspired Collab With Daily Paper

The one-of-a-kind 'The Spirit Don't Die' capsule collection celebrates African heritage and a hope for a brighter future.

Amsterdam-based African streetwear brand Daily Paper has joined Nigerian fashion brand Wekafore in creating a unique capsule collection of note. The 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection is inspired by fashion and Nigerian activism icon Fela Kuti, but celebrates the bountiful beauty, potential, and heritage of Africans.

Nigerian designer Wekaforé Maniu Jibril, owner, and designer of the Wekafore brand has been hot since his 2013 debut. The brand has gone on to become a great success within the realm of West African fashion. Wekaforé represents a newer, more fearless generation of African designers and their latest collaborative collection tells the tale.

Daily Paper x Wekaforé 'The Spirit Don't Die' collectionImage courtesy of Daily Paper


The two popular brands share a rich history and intention to further African fashion's reputation in the world, as well as as a shared desire for raw necessity, organic growth, and authentic community engagement, development and, support. The fashion brands are making it known that street and casual wear are more than we once thought - fashion can be inclusive and fun. The stars truly aligned to bring us this partnership guided by similar core values and the hunger to celebrate Africa and her diasporas through fashion.

The Fela Kuti-inspired collection is filled with distinctive and bold pieces, honoring Africa's past while paving the way towards the future. Wekafore is known for their clear integration of West Africa's 1970's cultural golden age, and this limited collection speaks to those themes, making it a no-brainer to dedicate the line to the legendary King of Afrobeat, whose style never disappointed. It's clear to see how Kuti's influence inspired the exciting and vibrant creative renaissance seen in the collection. On using Kuti as his muse, Wekaforé says, "Like Fela, the pieces are very punk, very psychedelic, and very African at the same time. And that represents me 100%. And I think being able to speak that way through a platform like Daily Paper is a testament to contemporary African consciousness."


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Daily Paper x Wekafore 'The Spirit Don't Die' Collection

Check out more of Daily Paper x Wekafore's collection 'The Spirit Don't Die' collection here.

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