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Theresa May 'Deeply Regrets' the UK’s Role in Establishing Anti-Gay Laws In Former African Colonies

"The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible," said the British Prime Minister.

During a Commonwealth meeting in London on Monday, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May expressed regret over the country's colonial legacy which helped establish grave anti-gay laws in various African nations.

Today, 37 of the 53 Commonwealth countries still enforce colonial-era laws which punish same-sex relations, reports BBC Africa.

Laws "were wrong then and are wrong now," said May, recognizing Britain's central role in enforcing anti-gay attitudes that still plague people across the continent to this day. She also pledged the UK's support for any nation working towards eradicating such policies.


"Nobody should face discrimination and persecution because of who they are or who they love," said the leader during the meeting. "The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible," she added.

"Across the world discriminatory laws made many years ago continue to affect the lives of many people, criminalising same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls."

South Africa became the first African nation to legalize gay marriage in 2006, but there is still immense work to be done. Strict anti-gay laws remain in place in countries like Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi and elsewhere across the continent.

For more on the subject, revisit our previous piece "Dissecting The 'Homosexuality Is Un-African' Myth."

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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The 7 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Black Motion, Blxckie x Nasty C and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Black Motion Release New Single ‘Xxikiwawa’

Stream Black Motion's new single 'Xxikiwawa'.

South African house music duo Black Motion have finally released their single "Xxikiwawa". Featuring DJ Fortee, Lady Du, Pholoso and DJ Khosto, the song is the duo's first single since the release of their 2020 album The Healers: Last Chapter.

As usual, Lady Du's kwaito-style raps and chants take centre stage as she rhymes about hustling and trusting in the elders to answer our prayers. She ends her verse with a Brenda Fassie interpolation: "Indaba i-straight ayidingi i-ruler."

In trademark Black Motion fashion, the song is built on big drums and prominent percussion panned to give way for vocals but still managing to dominate.

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Interview: Tecla Ciolfi On The Journey To Starting Her Popular Podcast ‘Texx Talks’

South African music journalist Tecla Ciolfi launched her podcast 'Texx Talks' at the height of lockdown in 2020. Since then, it has become one of the most notable music platforms in the country.