ASWA Mourns the Passing of Joel Nana

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Regional Correspondent Africa

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) sends condolences to the family and friends of Joel Gustave Nana, the immediate former Executive Director of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHER), who passed away last month.

Joel Nana was a noted LGBTI and MSM activist who spearheaded various campaigns in the continent. He was also credited with advocating for SOGI rights at regional human rights mechanisms such as the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACPHR).

Describing the late Joel as a ‘close friend’, Daughtie Ogutu, the Regional Coordinator of ASWA said, ‘’Joel was a very close friend and mentor to me and ASWA. At the time of my appointment as the Regional Coordinator, he was there to give me advice and support me in my new capacity.”

She added, “At the time when ASWA was to be registered in South Africa, Joel offered to put me up at his apartment for close to a month until I settled in well. So, I knew his very well.”

“He not only connected me to partners such as UNAIDS, UNDP, IHAA, and the Global Fund, but he pushed me to engage and establish the existing relationships between ASWA and these institutions that we see today. He fought hard to see a regional network of both MSM and sex workers in Africa.”

Condolences over Joel’s passing have been received from AMSHER where he worked, UNAIDS and the HIV/AIDS Alliance.

He was laid to rest in Cameroon on October 31.