Chille! You are not afraid to air your opinion right? Makena Njeri wants LGBTQ history to be taught in schools. She posted a picture on her Instagram story with looked like a news item. According to the pic, Scotland, the first country in the world that has required LGBTQ history to be taught in schools. This is a first. No country offers classes where students get to learn and understand how the LGBTQ community came to be. Makena captioned the photo with, CBC are you ready? We ain’t stopping at nothing.
Makena Njeri is one vocal celebrity, I’ll have to give that to her. Can you imagine starting a debate and the topics revolving around LGBTQ in Kenya, let alone Africa? It is a really tough thing to do but here she is, doing the most, doing all she can to make ‘change’. She launched her network, Bold Network Africa. She has a goal, to make people change their perspective on the LGBTQ community. She even launched a beer, bold beer. And now, she wants the education ministry to consider learning about the history of LGBTQ in school.
Whether you are against or a supporter of the LGBTQ community, Makena is bold, can we at least all agree on that? Imagine debating and sparking conversations about something that you are not even sure, you are going to be successful with. Trying to convince people is really hard. Matters LGBTQ is such a strong topic, especially in the African setting. But Makena Njeri is at the forefront to try and change the narrative and hoping that someday, we are going to all believe that love is love and same-sex marriages are okay.
She really made headlines after she came out as gay on the TED talk. She described herself as happy, free, and bold. She revealed that she has never been comfortable with herself the way she is now. For the longest time, she had been hiding the real her.
My name is Chris Njeri Makena. I am happy, I am free and I am bold. For a very long time, I could never introduce myself like this but somewhere along the journey, I started to discover what it meant to live your truth. I started to discover who I was and I decided to be loyal to my authenticity.
What’s your opinion? Whether you are anti or pro LGBTQ. Is this okay? Should students be taught the history of LGBTQ in school? What difference will it make? Is it for our own good to learn about it? Let’s say she is serious about pushing this agenda. Do you think the government would consider it? Do you think someday, as Africans we will be able to have this conversation in public, and how long will it take for us to get there if at all it will happen? Let me know what you think in the comment section. Celebrities like Anita Nderu have come out to publicly say that love is love and it is high time people considered LGBTQ as a norm.