LGBTI activists mourn human rights veteran Joel Nana


Joel Nana (Photo courtesy of Facebook) Joel Nana (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Veteran African human rights activist Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang, widely known as Joel Nana, 33, died Oct. 15 after a brief illness.

He worked as a human and LGBT rights advocate and as an anti-HIV activist at local, national and international levels.  His main work focused on African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, as well as in his native Cameroon.

He was also a strong pan-Africanist who articulated a broader agenda than just LGBT rights and spoke against domination by the Global North.

Nana helped  found and eventually served as executive director of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), the first Africa-wide consortium of organizations focused on addressing HIV and human rights of gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM).   Under his leadership, AMSHeR was
instrumental in raising awareness and mobilizing young African professionals to network and…

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