Tackling Africa’s Last Taboo
By Kawuma Daniel Busuulwa
African Voices, Volume 5, Issue 4. March 2005.
Africa has always been labeled for its conservatism regards to sexual or gender issues. In most African ethnic cultures, talking openly about issues regarding sex was taboo. Some have gone further to correlate these tendencies with the escalating HIV/AIDS infection rates especially in sub-Saharan Africa. This as many observers argue has resulted into the failure for the more knowledgeable adults to pass on the crucial information in a precise and direct manner to the adolescent Africans. The failure to hit the hammer on the head as the pundits argue is costing Africa many lives in an era where we always need to adjust to such a dynamic world with new physical, economic and social demands.