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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"The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible," said the British Prime Minister.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 "The UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth nation wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible," she added.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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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music 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, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.