Nigeria

LGBTI Rights in Nigeria


ADDED ON: 02/01/2019

Stop hating gay people, says Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh.

Dikeh made the positive comment on Instagram in support of Jussie Smollet, an African-American Nollywood actor who was recently brutally attacked by two men, which many are now calling a hate crime.  Homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Nigeria police spokesperson tells gay people: Leave or face prosecution

A prominent police officer in Nigeria has told gay people to “leave the country or face prosecution.” Dolapo Badmos, a Chief Superintendent and Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, also urged citizens to report gay…

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ADDED ON: 01/09/2019

Out gay Nigerian prepares online help for others

Nigerian gay man Dan Yomi is gearing up to launch an online project that he hopes will help other gay people deal with issues relating to their sexual orientation, including coming out. Yomi…

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ADDED ON: 01/04/2019

Rights of 286 LGBT Nigerians violated in 2018, report says

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), a Nigeria-based human rights organization, has published a report, showing that the human rights of approximately 286 LGBTI persons were violated last year by state and…

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ADDED ON: 12/21/2018

11 women arrested in Nigeria for planning lesbian wedding

A lesbian couple and nine other women have been arrested in Nigeria for planning the pair’s wedding. The 11 women were detained on Monday (December 17) in the northern state of Kano, where anyone…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

Since the Nigerian government passed into law the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act (SSMPA), LGBT Nigerians have continued to suffer many forms of discrimination as well as exclusion from society. Many wallow in…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Presidential Candidate, Oby Ezekwesili Promises Equal Treatment Of The LGBTI Community

The 2019 presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli Ezekwesili, has taken a stance on issues concerning the LGBT community in Nigeria.  She said, yesterday, during an interactive session in the…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

The West exported homophobia, not homosexuality

Tanzania's recent intensified efforts to clamp down on the country's queer community highlights the risk of statements by Africa's political, business and social elites normalizing hate and discriminatory actions against sexual minorities.…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2018

Blackmailers force Nigerian student to come out to family

Chigozie (names changed), a student in his early 20s, told NoStringsNG that his troubles began when Obi, a coursemate, started making advances at him. Chigozie turned him down, but it became obvious that Obi…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

LGBTI Refugees Explain Why They Fled to the US

Over the past year, LGBT+ refugees have faced a two-pronged attack from the Trump administration’s hardline immigration stances and regressive policies on LGBT+ rights. After fleeing their homes to seek a new…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

Married Gay Couple Become the First Ever Interviewed on Nigerian Television

High profile LGBT activist Bisi Alimi and his husband have just become the first gay couple interviewed on Nigerian television. Alimi has actively campaigned for LGBTI rights since bravely coming out on Nigerian TV…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

LGBTI Activist Reacts to Arrest of 57 Alleged Homosexual Men in Lagos

The Nigerian Police Force is in the news for arresting 57 alleged homosexual men in Lagos. The news has not caught the attention of foremost LGBT rights activist Bisi Alimi. He has made…

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