Monthly Archives: October 2012

A view of Homosexuality in the eyes of Africans

Going by events in the world today, one can say that homosexuality has come to stay. The speed at which the act, at the moment, is being recognized around some parts of the world attest to that. Some cities and countries around the world are making or have made laws to recognize such as human right for those who practice it. In most African countries it remains one of the horrible acts in morality that any persons can commit.
Homosexuality to most Africans is not natural. It is seen as a perversion. Africans would struggle to make sense of why two women or men would engage in sexual relationship with each other. To most Africans, the act is nothing but a pointer to the truth that the world had indeed turned up side down, a reflection of the moral decay that has beset the world. It is repulsive to most African to hear about homosexuals getting married.

An average African mother would have a heart attack should she find out that her son or daughter is an homosexual. Such a person is sure to be ostracized by his or her family and the society. Society expects an average African man or woman, when of age, to get married to a member of the opposite sex, anything other than this, one is on his or her own, homosexual or not. While is undeniable to state that very few practice the act in Africa, it very difficult to find publicly self declared homosexuals. Do that and you will have your life turned in side out. Homosexuality practice is very discreet in Africa.

To most Africans, homosexuality is a western phenomenon. An act that has being fueled by western values. To most African, the western culture is one in which everything goes. In a bid to resist what they consider as a western influence, many African countries have made or adopted laws aimed at resisting this western influence and also to protect traditional African values against the influence of homosexuality.
Besides the morality issue, Africans also worry about the impact homosexuality will have on family values. Africans love children and this they expect from heterosexual unions. Same sex marriages do not produce children except one gets a member of the opposite sex to mate with a mate in the union and this to Africans is not what marriage should be.

Africa is a deeply religious continent. To Christians in Africa, homosexuality is a devil sponsored plot against humanity. It is a demonic inspired act. A practice that should not be heard among Christians. Other religions in Africa share the same view about the act. In the days of paganism, one who practices homosexuality is sure to be banished to the evil forest in punishment or go through very lengthy cleansing rituals to get forgives from the gods and ones community.
Though the campaign for dignity of the human person and human rights in general remain critical issues in Africa, one that will surely not make it to the lists of rights in many years to come are rights to sexual and marital relations among homosexuals going by the responses of Africans to the practice. What Africans say to the practice is, ” keep off”


Energy challenges in Nigeria

The rate at which trees are felled for domestic fuel in Nigeria is alarming. The impact on the environment is equally disheartening. The continual rise in the demand for energy for domestic purposes is a factor responsible for. The nation’s population is growing, so is the demand for energy. Most of the trees are felled for cooking. Families have to feed and what ever form of energy they can afford or that is accessible to them, they go out for.
Many households, due to poverty, can not afford to purchase kerosene for cooking and for other domestic purposes. Poverty is a big issue in Nigeria. Many families live below poverty line and struggle daily to get by.

Next to this is the issue of accessibility to renewable energy for domestic purposes. Despite the remarkable progress that the world is making in the area of renewable energy, the benefits have not trickled down to rural people. Making this form of energy available to rural people is a challenge. Cost and access to the technology are factors responsible for why this form of energy is not fully available to rural people. Most people live in rural areas in Nigeria and their activities have significant impact on the environment.

Nigeria has had several energy crises over the years. Poor investment in the energy sector coupled with the problem of corruption had resulted in the near break down of the industry. More than half of the country’s daily energy supply are refined abroad and imported into the country. Many of the refineries are either shut down or are producing below capacity. Nigeria has the 7th largest energy reserves in the world..

Desertification is rapidly spreading in the North of the country. Human activities coupled with natural causes are responsible for. The discriminate felling of trees highlight the extent how human activities contribute to the problem.
With desertification comes migration.When people can no longer depend on their land, they migrate. Along the way comes the problem of conflict over resources with others.
The approaches adopted to solving the problem of indiscriminate tress felling and environmental issues in Nigeria by government and its development partners have not being really successful. The great reliance on tree planting exercises are nothing more than photo shot opportunity for politicians. The trees die as soon as they are planted as no one takes care of them afterwards.

The key to resolving this environmental issue in Nigeria is to fix the refineries. People will have no cause to cut down trees for energy if refined oil for domestic uses are readily available and accessible. Investment should be made to renewable sources of energy. Think of the jobs that will come with these. The world should stop boring developing countries with sermons on global warming and on the benefits of renewable energy if they are not fully committed to helping these countries develop the technology.
Lets remember that man needs energy to stay alive. Lets give him the option to acquire it in an environmentally sensible way.