These five African celebrities have revealed their HIV status
- They hope that by disclosing their status they will give hope to others who suffer a similar fate
- In addition they want to raise awareness and help fight the HIV stigma that rules the continent
A number of African celebrities have come out of the closet regarding their HIV status. They want other people who have been diagnosed with the untreatable condition to not feel so lonely and in addition the celebrities want to use their fame to raise awareness and compassion for those with HIV.
During a 2011 interview Bala stated that he had been diagnosed with HIV in 2010 and ever since then he had been trying to help other that had been affected by the illness.
He stated: “I am HIV-positive, and as a celebrity and someone who is openly gay, it is important to come out. I want to use my bubbly personality to help those struggling to come to terms with their status and instil a sense of hope.”
Criselda Kananda, a Zambian Radio DJ, was diagnosed with the malady over 13 years ago. Since then she gave birth to three children.
She is a motivational speaker, professional counsellor, former nurse, medical underwriter and also is on the South African National AIDS Council.
African TV star Lesego Motsepe best known for her role as Lettie Matabane in Isidingo has come out of the closet about her HIV status in 2011.Lesego stated: “Our society had made this virus a monster and all it is, is a virus. I’m doing it for the voiceless people out there who just found out today, and know that I’ve got their back.”
Musa ‘Queen’ Njoko
Gospel musician Musa ‘Queen’ Njoko told the world about her HIV status back in 1995, when she was 22 years old, when treatment was not available for South Africans.
Former professional football player Thabang Sefatsa shocked the country when he came out about his HIV status.
He criticized that because of the stigma many other football players cannot reveal their HIV status or offer support.