The Performer = Arts
Performers love to be the centre of attention. And as generous souls use these opportunities to draw attention to injustices. Performers like to inspire others to be welcoming and open people.
The Performers Tribe is made of people who by their very nature push the limits of social convention. Performers are constantly seeking new and dynamic opportunities to make the world look better, sound better, taste better and smell better. These creative, spontaneous people embrace the old with the new, local with foreign and any other imaginable mix. Friendly and embracing of all, Performers are just plain fun!
Example Performer: Binyavanga Wainaina
Binyavanga Wainaina is a Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African writing. In April 2014, Time magazine included Wainaina in its annual Time 100 as 'One of the most influential people in the world.' He is one of Africa's leading literary figures and in response to the anti-gay laws on the continent he has come out as a gay man through a short story called 'I am a homosexual, Mum'. Wainaina has said that he is a Pan-Africanist and he belongs on this continent.
The Politician = Leadership
Politicians use hard work and passion to lead others to create positive change. Their focus is on the collective as well as bringing individuals along. Politicians are catalysts for change.
The Politician Tribe is made of natural born leaders, who wish to leave a mark on the world. They are dedicated hard workers and their advice is sought by those around them. They have charisma and confidence and can be a guiding light to others in difficult times. They naturally bring people together and are respected for being reliable and for their work ethic. They are determined and have quick and sharp minds.
Example Politician: Joaquim Chissano
Joaquim Chissano served as the second president of Mozambique from 1986 - 2005. He is credited for transforming the war torn country of Mozambique into one of the most successful African democracies. Chissano also served as the Chairperson of the African Union from 2003 - 2004. In an open letter to African leaders on outlining a common position for Africa on the development agenda which would replace the Millennium Development goals after 2015, Chissano urged African leaders to take a strong stand for fundamental human rights, LGBT equality and basic freedoms which included the freedom for everyone to make informed decisions about one's health, sexuality, and if, when and with whom to have relationships without any form of discrimination, violence, or coercion.
The Intellectual = Knowledge
Intellectuals are known for their desire to learn, their openness to new experiences and as a result their unending knowledge. Intellectuals are able to quickly change the world in important and tactical ways.
The Intellectuals Tribe includes people who have a creative genius and wish to use it to right a variety of wrongs. Intellectuals may seem to be daydreaming but they are very capable of making their dreams a reality using their intelligence and unbiased logic to develop a solution. Appearing quite serious at first, they are warm and sharing people who love to welcome new faces so that they can hear new perspectives.
Example Intellectual: Lady Christine Kaseba-Sata (First Lady of Zambia)
The previous first lady of Zambia, Lady Christine Kaseba-Sata (2011-2014) and was appointed WHO's (World Health Organisation), Goodwill Ambassador against Gender Based Violence from 2012-2014 has stunned many people in coming out in defence of gay rights at a reception hosted by UNAIDS in Lusaka, Zambia (2013). She called for the end to discrimination against sexual minorities. 'No one should be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation' she said. In a country where homosexuality is a crime, and where two men were facing 14 years in prison and another for discussing gay people and HIV on TV this is remarkable. Lady Christine has also said that in matters of public health issues, (like HIV) the gay community has the support of her husband, previous president, Michael Sata.
The Healer = Health
Healers are true altruists They spend their time making others stronger, healthier and happier. Moral and humble people, Healers easily form deep connections to many kinds of people.
The Healer Tribe is made up of people who are led by their hearts rather than their minds. Highly moral and with pure intent they reach out to others to provide comfort, security and support in a non-judgemental way. Healers are social creatures, and popular with many friends. Healers take their responsibilities to help others very seriously and love to serve others.
Example Healer: Festus Mogae
Botswana's former President Festus Mogae has broken ranks with conservative views regarding sex workers and homosexuality. When he was president, Mr Mogae pushed for free anti-retroviral therapy to curb mother-to-child-transmission. He says, it is time to confront the issue of gay rights and prostitution - matters which are rarely spoken about in public. Moage has said that if gay people and sex workers are arrested it does not help them, there are men who sleep with other men and they are citizens. Mogae has said that it is important to curb new infections of HIV therefore all people including sex workers, prisoners and gay people must have access to free condoms.
The Teacher = Education
Teachers are people with a deep rooted desire to assist others to be their very best. They aspire to uplift communities slowly but steadily and to support individuals through education.
The Teacher Tribe is made up of people with good inter-personal skills and are both receptive to change and stable and steady rocks. They are generous and embrace all, and are neither judgemental nor condescending. Teachers are energetic and enthusiastic people with a warmth and openness that reaches out to all students. Teachers see fairness as a pivotal necessity in a better world.
Example Teacher: Sylvia Tamale
Sylvia Tamale is a Ugandan academic and was the first women Dean in the Law Faculty at Makerere University. Tamale has also edited a ground-breaking volume called African Sexualities: A reader: the first of its kind written by African activists themselves and aims to inspire a new generation of students and teachers to study, reflect and gain fresh and critical insights into gender and sexuality on the African continent. Tamale, is one of the leading African feminist scholars, a passionate human rights activist who defends the rights of those persons the public would rather not associate with particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans.
The Activist = Human Rights
Human rights activists or human rights defenders are people who work with others, or alone, work to protect the rights of others and promote equality and access to human rights.
The Activist Tribe is made up of people who make a significant impact during their lives. They are idealistic, have high morals and see it as a vital part of their existence to help others. These people work in rescue work, volunteer at every chance they get, and spend time debating and discussing how best to make the world a better, more loving place.
Example Activist: David Kato
David Kato was a Ugandan teacher and prominent gay rights activist. He was described as Uganda's first openly gay man. David was a well-known activist both locally and internationally who often challenged the Ugandan state and strongly believed in the human rights and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans. David Kato was murdered in 2011, shortly after winning a lawsuit against a tabloid magazine, the Rolling Stone which had published his name and photograph calling for him to be hanged.