By JUMI RHODES
The death has been announced of Joël Gustave Nana Ngongang aka Joel Nana. The 33-year-old Cameroon-born Lagos-based activist is said to have died on Thursday, 15th October 2015 following a brief illness. In his lifetime, Joel’s career as a human rights advocate spanned numerous African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, in addition to his native Cameroon. He was until his death the Chief Executive Officer of Partners for Rights and Development (Paridev) a boutique consulting firm on human rights, development and health in Africa.
Prior to this position he was the founding Executive Director of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR)an African thought and led coalition of LGBT/MSM organizations working to address the vulnerability of MSM to HIV. He worked as the Africa Research and Policy Associate at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission(IGLHRC), as a Fellow at Behind the Mask, a Johannesburg-based non-profit media organisation publishing a news website concerning gay and lesbian affairs in Africa.