#Culture |
7 Africans Living
As Transgender People

Featuring Cleopatra Kambugu from Uganda, Audrey Mbuga
from Kenya, Cleo from Benin, Titica from Angola, Kim from Burundi
Miss SaHHara from Nigeria and Lea Mokobe from South Africa

Photo: Copyright © 2017 by Mikael Owunna.

#Culture | 7 Africans Living As Transgender People

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Nigerian novelist and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said in an interview with Channel 4 News “I think the whole problem of gender in the world is about our experiences. It’s not about how we wear our hair or whether we have a vagina or a penis. It’s about the way the world treats us, and I think if you’ve lived in the world as a man with the privileges that the world accords to men and then sort of change gender, it’s difficult for me to accept that then we can equate your experience with the experience of a woman who has lived from the beginning as a woman and who has not been accorded those privileges that men are.”

Her position for disagreeing with the fact that the issues of women and the issues of trans women are the same has exposed her to serious backlash from those who felt that Adichie was not equipped to speak about the trans women experience because she knew nothing about it. Being right into International Women’s Month, it would be appropriate to talk about women and the experience of those we probably fail to take into consideration every day.

The issue of trans people is still a sensitive topic in virtually all African cultures, however, there are African people having different trans experiences all over the continent. Africa is definitely not ready for a trans integration yet - we have a seriously hard time wrapping our mind around anything else than heterosexuality, although other African sexual habits are obviously too atypical and must never be normalized – still, there are some Africans bold enough to challenge societal rules regarding gender and sexuality.


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Martine Big est une ancienne hôtesse de l’air Allemande reconvertie en top model glamour qui est passée par quelques transformations cosmétiques. Tout d’abord, son obsession pour les poupées Barbie et Pamela Anderson, l’ont poussée à se faire refaire les seins plusieurs fois. Aujourd’hui Martine porte plus de 7000 litres d’augmentation mammaire par sein. Mais ce n’était pas assez pour cette femme dont l’excentrisme pourrait choquer plus d’une personne.

En effet en Janvier 2017, elle a eu une intervention médicale pour changer de race.
Des injections sous-cutanées lui ont permis de s’assombrir la peau afin de devenir visiblement de race noire. En juillet 2017 Martine a dû changer la photo de son passeport et carte d'identité à cause de sa nouvelle peau sombre.

Suite à cette transformation, elle déclare être satisfaite des résultats.
« J'aime beaucoup mon nouveau look africain » dit-elle en espérant accomplir une transformation Africaine complète avec des traits du visage plus ressemblants et des fesses généreuses.
Depuis Juin 2017, Martina porte des extensions de cheveux frisés et dit avoir du mal à trouver des produits adaptées pour maquiller sa peau foncée.

Invitée dans l’émission The Maury Show aux Etats Unis, Martina affirme « Je suis noire ». Aussi, elle exprime être impatiente d’aller en Afrique à cause de la bonne cuisine qui s’y fait.

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