To some people intimacy is considered extremely private and public display of affection is therefore considered inappropriate and even unethical especially n the African cultural setting. Society Magazine’s Martin Bishop asked a few individuals what they thought about PDA.
I wouldn’t publicly makeout on the street, but I don’t have a problem expressing love to my partner.
Nadege Uwamahoro, Fashion Designer
I see nothing wrong with it; my fiancée and I kiss in public all the time. Obviously it is not full-on, tongue-down-the-throat kisses, but yes we do.
Augustine Gatete, JournalistYes I can, though I don’t usually do because some ladies don’t like being kissed in public. I suspect it is because it is not just one individual they are dating.
Willy Spicelo, Remera
No I wouldn’t do that. If you kiss in public, where I come from, people will point fingers at you whenever they see you on the street and tell others, ‘That’s the guy I was telling you about’.
Edwin Butare, Kanombe
I do it all the time and I’ve never really felt uncomfortable. I think it’s all about your attitude. With the right attitude you can get away with even things that would ordinarily be frowned upon.
Axel Kay, Artist
Never! I’m a Muslim woman and our faith doesn’t encourage anything close to PDA.
Shamim Shami, Hair stylist
I bet those couples that showcase their love are not even half as in love as they want others to think. In fact, they often have bigger problems and just try to mask them in public.
Hassan Kayijuka, Businessman
Frowning upon public display of affection gives the impression that love is a secret or a private thing and should be kept hidden.
Sonia Gisa, Model