Makena Njeri is bold and not apologetic about it at all.
After she publicly declared that she is part of the LGBTQ community in Kenya, she was clear that she is bold about it and she even went ahead to open a space for others.
She started her organization, Bold Network Africa, and that has given people the courage to come out boldly.
Taking to social media a few days ago, Makena posted a video speaking her truths and how hard it is for the LGBTQ community here in Kenya. She spoke about a lady who died, seeking to find out what happened to her.
And because of a certain law in Kenya, Makena says it prohibits the community from enjoying certain rights that human beings enjoy.
"Silence is betrayal. The rights of one person are diminished when the rights of any person are threatened. Section 162 of the Kenyan Penal code should be abolished. This is not a law. It is a betrayal to our democracy; of our basic human rights.. It is being used as a weapon. It is a death sentence. It has killed so many on our own soil 🇰🇪, our brothers and sisters 🏳️🌈. We shall not be quiet, we will be BOLD for our generation and those to come. We will speak up so that YOUR children won’t be jobless or die of health issues because they don’t have access to hospitals. They won’t be raped, tortured or killed because of who they are, how they identify or who they love."
She added with a wake-up call urging her followers to play a role by passing her message forward in the hope things will change.
"The Kenyan constitution states that every person is equal before the law and shall enjoy equal protection by the law. All persons have the right to the full enjoyment of essential rights and fundamental freedoms including the right to equal political, economic, social and cultural opportunities. Why does this not apply people in the LGBT community who are equally Kenyan? We need answers. We won’t stop. What’s your role? Pass this on."