Three Africans to Compete in Mr Gay World 2015

Braving possible persecution, three African men are set to compete in the 2015 Mr Gay World contest, being held in the Western Cape in April and May. The men will represent Cameroon, Zimbabwe and South Africa. While four spots are allocated to Africa in the contest every year, they have never been all filled because of the backlash the delegates could face at home. Homosexuality is currently illegal in 38 African countries.

The event’s first-ever West African contestant will be 29-year-old Julien Mbiada from Cameroon, pictured on the right. Mbiada, who lives in Spain, is a human resources coordinator and model. Zimbabwe’s delegate has yet to be announced, while South Africa’s representative will only be named when the 2015 Mr Gay South Africa title-winner is crowned in Johannesburg later this month.

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