Meet 22 year old George Barasa AKA Joji Baro. A singer, model, and human right activist, Joji is the first Kenyan artist to declare that he's homosexual. Here's his confession;
Many people know me as Jojibaro. Am gay who is living positively with HIV. I came out 1st time on facebook and I would like to come out to the outside world now. I know being gay is unacceptable in our African Society but I guess it is time that the society knows what some gays go through. I was disowned by my parents while in highschool cause they found out am gay. I was still naive, vulnerable and fragile; it is because of that that someone knowingly infected me. I have since moved on and I am a living testimony. Many people can attest to that. I have made friends all over the world for coming out. I have made bigger steps since. I have learned that being gay is one thing and being HIV+ is another thing. I have won several accolades most recent one being Mr Red Ribbon 2013. People ask me whether I would like to go back home, but two and a half years down the line I still mourn the loss of my parents who are still alive. Even with all these success I still miss one thing a family. I miss the place I lost in the community. But I am slowly gaining it all back by accepting myself that am gay and am HIV+. I am working on my album soon to be out titled "Rainbow" And I have dedicated several songs to HIV survivors. I would like them to know that when you become positive, you start living positively.
I have dedicated the rest of my life towards community/social work as my way of giving back to the society. So that by the time I leave this world, I may leave it a better place than how I found it. But not on earth where one has to always introduce themselves as "Hi am gay and am HIV+!"