Tony McPherson

Tony McPherson to engage with Nambian President Hage Geingob. Image via Facebook Tony McPherson

Tony McPherson to campaign for LGBTQI+ rights at Namibia Pride Week

Young CEO Tony McPherson will be campaigning for LGBTQI+ rights during Namibia Pride Week with Mr Gay World, Louw Breytenbach.

Tony McPherson

Tony McPherson to engage with Nambian President Hage Geingob. Image via Facebook Tony McPherson

Businessman and philanthropist Tony McPherson is one of South Africa’s youngest success stories. Not only is McPherson one of South Africa’s youngest CEOs but he is also an advocate for the LGBTQI+ community. McPherson will travel to Namibia during Nambia Pride Week to engage with President Hage Geingob and various youth organisations about LGBTQI+ rights in the country. 

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According to The Newspaper, Tony McPherson comes from a long lineage of businessmen and women. His grandfather began grooming him at 17 years old to take over his pharmaceutical company EmOx Oxygen. The 21-year-old is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company. 

He has also founded his own charity, the McPherson Foundation that empowers young people and McPherson Consultancy a computer programming and web development company. 

Mcpherson has received a Forbes 30 under 30 fellowship in the United States and a Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award through SMESA in 2018 and 2019. SMESA is an affiliate of the Education Students Association at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.


Namibia Pride Week kicked off on Saturday 27 November and will end on Saturday 4 December. Tony McPherson will visit Nambia during Pride Week with Mr Gay World, Louw Breytenbach and will be engaging with President Hage Geingob and various youth organisations on LGBTQIA+ rights in the country. 

“African countries are making headway on basic human rights, such as same-sex marriage with South Africa legalising it in 2006 and Botswana following suit 15 years later by legalising same-sex marriage [on Monday 29 November].”

“With all the advancements the world has seen in the past 21 years, and during my life, it is astounding that the Namibian government are looking to undo the progress made through shocking statements and actions against the LGBTIQA+ community,” says McPherson.

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Same-sex couple Phillip Luehl and Guillermo Delgado have been fighting a heavy battle that denied their two-year-old son Yona entry into Namibia because he was born through surrogacy. 

Namibian authorities refused to accept Yona’s birth certificate but in October, High Court Judge Thomas Masuku granted the young boy Namibian citizenship. According to The Namibian, the home affairs ministry in Namibia refused to accept the decision by the court. 

Speaking about the matter ahead of Namibia Pride Week, Mr Gay World Louw Breytenbach told the publication that he was saddened by the court’s decision. 

“This is reason for great concern as the world is watching Namibia with the same bated breath South Africa had held on to not too long ago when we ourselves removed laws that discriminate based on race, religion and sexual orientation.”

“Movements like Namibia Pride Week are so important because they lend a voice to diversity and inclusivity.”