For the first time, the contestants in Mr Gay World came to Africa, a continent where most countries still maintain sodomy laws, sometimes punishable by death.
Only three Africans participated in the annual contest for gay men, which was held in South Africa. Contestants from Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya dropped out for various reasons ranging from intimidation to government pressure and lack of funding.
It was the first time that the event, which debuted in 2009, had been held in Africa, which is known for its intolerance of sexual minorities with the “offence” punishable by death in many countries.
South Africa remains the only country in the region that allows gay marriages.