Opponents of gay rights in Africa often suggest that homosexuality is "un-African". But over the past few years, scholars and activists have warned with growing urgency that it is the increasing pitch of homophobia on the continent that is really un-African, because it is literally being imported in some cases.
Their claim is that anti-gay sentiment is being consciously fomented and spread by huge evangelical churches in America, who see Africa as their shot at power and influence if America is lost. REBECCA DAVIS spoke to the makers of a new documentary on the subject, God Loves Uganda.
The Reverend Kapya Kaoma is a short, dapper man of unfailing politeness, excusing himself apologetically every time he rises from our table at a Cape Town hotel. It's generally in search of more tea.
"How much tea do you drink?" asks his companion, the filmmaker Roger Ross Williams, with incredulous good humour. "Too much," Kaoma says wryly.
It's understandable that Kaoma needs a strong tea transfusion to start the day, because he and Williams have been on what sounds like a gruelling tour throughout Africa to screen their documentary on the rise of the US Christian Right's influence on the continent, God...