Tuesday, January 18

"Kuponyaponya" Strikes Again

In a previous blog, I mentioned that Kuponyaponya translates as "to masturbate," a taboo word in Zambia. This is one reason why HIV/AIDS educators have such a hard time changing behaviors in the country.

Last August, 2 Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) employees were fired after broadcasting 10 minutes of Unshackled, a Nigerian film about a man addicted to masturbation. ZNBC fired the employees because their choice of programming failed to live up to the "high standards of decency and taste" the national broadcaster had set for itself. This, of course, serves mainly to keep masturbation cloaked in secrecy.

Interestingly, Nigeria's film output is the third highest in the world, behind India and the US. Zambians freak out over Nollywood movies!