#RafikiZetu: Kenyan LGBTIQ Stories, as told, by Allies – Order your copy!

What is #RafikiZetu? “Rafiki Zetu: Kenyan LGBTIQ Stories, as told by Allies”, is an anthology book, edited, and published, by Denis Nzioka. It was published in February 2019. ‘Rafiki Zetu’ is Swahili for ‘Our friends,’ a term often applied to allies. #RafikiZetu features articles, poems, short stories, and a play by allies – Kenyans who […]

Why Key Populations in Kenya are opposed to biometrics

Why does the Government want to know where you live, what you do, who you sleep with? Whereas efforts to estimate the size, track HIV prevalence, and understand HIV knowledge among Key populations (men who have sex with men, sex workers, and those who use or inject drugs), and for these populations to get sufficient […]

Acceptance Speech: #Feathers10 African Feather Award Honouree 2018

Denis Nzioka On being named honoree of the 2018 Africa Feather Award by Feather Awards 2018 – South Africa’s LGBTI Awards Poet. Lunatic. Lover. Thambi Dish, members of the Feathers Awards, distinguished guests, viewers, and all present tonight. I wish the Feather Awards to know that I am as delighted as I am honoured. And, […]

And the Africa Feather Award 2018 goes to…

#Feathers10 The Africa Feather of the Year Award for 2018 has been awarded to Denis Nzioka. The Feather Awards, South Africa’s LGBTI Awards, recognise and celebrate the LGBTI community and iconic personalities, and achievers who inspire the LGBTI community. To mark their 10th anniversary, this year, the Feather Awards have awarded this year’s Africa Feather of […]

The #Awesome50 Annual List of Awesome LGBTIQ Africans

11 OCTOBER 2018 THE AWESOME 50 ANNUAL LIST CELEBRATES INSPIRATIONAL LGBTIQ AFRICANS Johannesburg, South Africa – The #Awesome50 Annual List of Awesome LGBTIQ Africans is a first of its kind platform aimed at celebrating, honouring and profiling LGBTIQ Africans who are doing work that benefits LGBTIQ people. The list, honours 50 LGBTIQ people who are from the African […]

#PrideSoWhite – We are tired of those Pride events in your high-walled embassies!

“Oh, there you go, have a seat, Mademoiselle.” – Anonymous   Nairobi, July 10 Authors: Nje-ri, Nzioka   #PrideMonth We are tired of those Pride events in your high-walled embassies Recently, a UK agency staff posted a picture of her, and her colleagues with a rainbow flag in their background celebrating #PrideMonth. It was captioned: ‘Celebrating love and […]

#PrideMonth – Why, now than ever, we need Allies to ‘come out’

Even though international sources recognise East African media as one of the most vibrant in the continent, LGBTQI voices are virtually put in the back-burner – to only be used for hits, to distract from issues, to generate comments, or for caricature.  Even more non-existent are “ally” voices – persons who, though not identifying as […]