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the online interactive zone that provides a space for the free-flow of words, images, thoughts, discussions, and ideas around the OpenForum 2012 theme, 'money, power, sex: the paradox of unequal growth.'

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'a moment of interaction' by herzimbabwe. featuring minna salami, nana darkoa, and spectra asala.

The Open Forum 2012 has come to an end in Cape Town, South Africa, with Day three putting a spotlight on Money, Power and Sex: The paradox of unequal growth, where the need for effective sex education was stressed.

There were lively and witty discussions on issues surrounding sex, with some strong argument focused on inequalities and homophobia as well as policies and legislation relative to women’s rights to sexual pleasure.

One of those sitting on the panel at a plenary session on The Politics of Sexual Pleasure was Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah of the African Women’s Development Fund, who runs a blog called Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women.

“Growing up, I had very little sex education, which was basically limited to…you watch TV programs and that teenage girl gets pregnant and she gets thrown out of school, that’s all I knew—those sad stories,” Sekyiamah told West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) at the recent Cape Town forum.

Seyyiamah explained that this was what led her to start her blog.

 “I didn’t know you can have safe sex, you can use contraceptions, sex should be pleasurable, I din’t know all of these issues,” the Ghanaian blogger added.

OpenForum 2012 was organized by four Open Society foundations in Africa convening in Cape Town from 22-24 May to discuss Africa’s future, in the face of present day realities.

WADR’s Peter Kahler caught up with the Ghanaian blogger and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah explains her motivation.

Listen to the audio, here.

In May 2012 the OpenForum took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The gathering brought together activists, artists, academics, policy-makers and business people to discuss the factors that will influence the African continent over the next decade. Leading up to the OpenForum, our partner website This Is Africa organized radio debates with Bush Radio in Cape Town, Ghetto Radio in Nairobi, XFM and YFM in Accra around the themes of the Forum. Altogether, 12 guests representing community based youth projects, media, literary publications and musical groups exchanged thoughts about the promises and challenges of democracy in Africa.

The Cape Town debate was hosted by SA hip hop legend Shamiel X and Bassie Montewa, the Bush Radio presenter who’s a legend in the field of talk radio in the Cape. The panel was made up of a diverse group:

Marion Wanza, sports coordinator at the Proudly Manenburg organization
Rebbecca Davis, journalist for Daily Maverick
Rithuli Orleyn, spokesperson for September National Imbizo
Nicolas Kock
, lecturer, Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape
Simone Witbooi (Hemel Besem), hip hop artist, social activist, development worker

The recording of the discussion has been re-edited by host Shamiel X into a podcast featuring 19 South African hip hop tracks, most of which are not available anywhere else. Another Africanhiphop.com exclusive!

Listen to podcasts and check out track list here

A short clip of the proceedings of the Open Forum ‘Sex’ sessions. Beautiful people, brilliant minds, amazing conversations. Stay tuned for full video!


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Photo Journal: Zanele Mji. Cape Town, South Africa 2012 (by Ferrari Sheppard)

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Photo Journal: Cape Town, South Africa 2012 (by Ferrari Sheppard)

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Photo Journal: Cape Town, South Africa 2012 (by Ferrari Sheppard)

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Photo Journal: Femi Kuti dancers. Cape Town, South Africa 2012 (by Ferrari Sheppard)

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