One of the most hilarious misconceptions about gay people in Africa is that they are all considered outsiders, and I say hilarious because it is funny that people don’t realize LGBT persons are their family members, friends and colleagues. Let me simplify it, your brother, your sister, you best friend, your cousin, your dad, your… Read More Emmanuel Sadi: You broke bread with a gay person.
Benue, a North-Central Nigerian State becomes more prominent in recent times for so many wrong reasons. It is a state with a population of 4,253,641 as of 2006 census. With farming as the main occupation, the state can be credited for cash crops such as potatoes, cassava, soya bean, guinea corn, flax, yams, sesame, rice,… Read More Ekene Odigwe: Benue State’s Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill – Where are the Priorities?
Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote: “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Today, Monday, May 28, 2018, The United States of America celebrates the Memorial Day to remember fallen heroes who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. In Nigeria, the Joint Nigeria Crisis Action Committee (JN-CAC) declared May 28… Read More Peter Okeugo: Dying to live. Living to die #NigeriaMourns #NationalDayofMourning
What is a label? It seems simply to me, a construct in any form, out to classify, grade, and shelve fragmental phenomenons, into a coalesced material for easy appropriation. On one hand, it might seem a well calculated agenda at personal restriction, in how comfortable our socially recognized identities makes us, in such that we… Read More Nele Anju: Why Do I Find The MSM Label Haughty?
It usually is something; a force we try to turn away from, for several, dissimilar reasons, we tend to need this enclosure like breathing. Under a different circumstance- one in which homophobic attacks were merely relatable events from other people’s lives; like staring into an old photograph where everybody else except me has changed drastically,… Read More Nele Anju: When It Feels Like Nothing
Nathaniel said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” This is a passage from the Holy Bible, John 1:46. It portrays how Nazareth, a minority community and the hometown of Jesus, was looked down on during the time of Jesus. No one believed anything good could… Read More Peter Okeugo: Can anything good come out of Nazareth – LGBT Nigeria? #IWD2018
The hardening of homophobic nationalism in settings such as Nigeria forces us to question how and why compulsory homophobia is deployed as a form of moral discipline that is made to seem compatible with modernity. Peace is not the absence of conflicts or differences, but the ability to tolerate ‘conflicting interests’. Tolerance, or in this… Read More Alumbugu Basiru: Nigeria’s Homophobia is Self-destructive
To find a safe -sometimes unaccommodating- space between being thoroughly feminine and ostentatiously masculine has played out over the years of enlightenment is a miracle. Or not. For a boy who grew up in one of Nigeria’s abounding conservative households without the littlest reception to gender fluidity, I was brought not just to the focus… Read More Nele Anju: Firmly Fem
An LGBTQ person subscribing to any of the Abrahamic religion is akin to a lamb playing with a lion. It is questionable, because these religions hate LGBTQ people with a vengeance. What level of cognitive dissonance would make a queer person find comfort in religious texts such as these? If a man lies with a… Read More Cisi Eze: Can the LGBT Community Find Comfort In Religious Books?
Historian and Human Rights Activist, Craig Murray, in 2007 wrote, “If you achieve a voice that will be heard, you should use it to speak up for the voiceless and oppressed. If you possess any power or authority, you must strive to use it to help and empower the powerless.” This opinion has been inspired… Read More Peter Okeugo: More celebrity voices for Nigeria’s LGBT community