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Gay church opened in Nairobi

27 March 2014, 13:50 Eugene Odanga

Nairobi - Joji Baro, famously known for being Kenya’s first openly gay, HIV positive gospel singer has opened a church and is encouraging people to attend.

He invited people for service in a post made on his Facebook wall which said, “Cosmopolitan Affirming Church invites you all to worship with us this Sunday. For location/direction contact me personally via my inbox. For comments/suggestion below this post. Affirm your sexuality/spirituality.”

Directions to the church can however not be given out publicly, according to a comment he made on the same post in response to someone asking for directions.

Born George Barasa from Bungoma, the 22-year-old, who lives in Embakasi has been in the media’s eye after his story came to light via The Star newspaper.

joji baro

In an interview conducted by CabuGah, one of Kenya’s biggest bloggers, Joji revealed the hardships he has undergone, including rejection by friends, family and the society at large.

He explains how he came to be a gospel artist, saying he is still going strong despite all the negative pressure from the gospel music industry leaders.

He is also the founder of a gay rights NGO called “Out in Kenya”, which currently has over 2 800 members.

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