Polygynae and abuse of women is a strong tenent of African culture. Women are forced to bear 10 children at the fear of losing their men. Sexual and gender based violence is tolerated in many settings in Africa, part of which is a cultural phenomenon. Mutilation of the genitals of young girls is and accepted cultural phenomenon in Eastern Uganda and several areas in Kenya.
Uganda has one of the highest rates of hetero-sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS in the world and a lot of the correlates of HIV are due to deeply entrenched socio-cultural norms associated with high risk sex. Over the last 2 decades, the rates of fornication and adultery have multiplied to unprecedented levels, while rape, child sacrifice, witchcraft and defilement have become a way of life in Uganda.
Uganda ranks top among the most corrupt countries in the world, billions of money stolen by the creme of the country with impunity. Pathological lying is widespread, from those with presidential ambitions lying that they are not interested to people lying in court. The population of prostitutes and brothels is increasing exponentially, while many university girls are now engaging in open prostitution and orgies. Uganda is ranked 5th among the largest alcohol consuming countries.
Based on these:
1. I think that just because culture is relative does not mean that all cultures are correct in their context. We have many more evils eating us – witchcraft, child sacrifice, forced marriages of teenage girls to old men, widow inheritance, gender based violence, and alcoholism – all part of our ‘rich African cultural heritage’
2. Now that that issue is settled, I am yet to see what we are going to do about all the other rottenness in the country.
3. We have failed to contain the HIV epidemic, because of our culture – we cannot blame Europe and America – because they probably have more sex of all types than us – but they have much stricter laws about prevention of its transmission. On the other hand, 70% of our own HIV patients depend on the West for treatment
4. We have failed to build any meaningful development – we are backward in almost everything – and our backwardness is rooted in our culture of un-seriousness as Africans
5. We celebrate the leaders who have killed hundreds of thousands of us through extra-judicial means or through failed health systems, yet we attack people who have not done any harm – like albinos, women, etc
We have failed with our women (who are 51% of the population), and we have failed with our children (who are 50% of the population) and we have failed with our governance, corruption, fornicators, cheaters, adulterers etc. The probability that some of you have a side dish and u commit adultery on a weekly basis is so high considering the way Uganda is at the moment.
In summary, we are so amoral and failed in so many ways as a people that it looks laughable to raise any moral issue and call it Africa.
I wish everyone a good Ramandhan.