”How do Africans kiss” is a video from a British Nigerian writer, filmmaker, Zina Saro-Wiwa (also daughter of the late Nigerian human rights activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa)
How do Africans kiss? A reasonable question, since we don’t much go in for public displays of affection.
Is kissing an African culture or is kissing a borrowed culture?
I am originally from Uganda, kissing is not something you see on the streets of Kampala. Couples showed their love differently, usually by teasing one another, you could see the emotions in their eyes and in their laugh. But yeah, I never saw people kissing.
In Uganda kissing in public is strange, abhorable, repugnant, stale and even insane. It is disgusting to say the least.
I think that most Africans think that kissing is something you try to keep between yourself and your partner by privatizing it. In other words, it is not something for public consumption, unless you are kissing at the Alter and for that one moment in front of witnesses when you make vows and say “I do”. But to Europeans, there is no big deal in kissing in public, which differentiates between coloured and white “romance.