Tag Archive | Nigeria

OPINION: I fled Nigeria but other LGBT+ activists under threat

OPINION: I fled Nigeria but other LGBT+ activists under threat

By Micheal Ighodaro – board member of OutRight Action International I come from Nigeria, one of the 68 countries that continue to criminalise same-sex relations. I had to flee for my life, and seek asylum in the US. I was lucky; most people cannot flee. But I was also unlucky because we should not have to […]

Nigeria: 47 men – judge throws out anti-LGBT case

Nigeria: 47 men – judge throws out anti-LGBT case

(Reuters) – A judge in a Nigerian court on Tuesday threw out a case against 47 men charged with public displays of affection with members of same sex, ending what had widely been seen as a test of the country’s laws banning homosexual relationships. The Nigerian law banning gay marriage, punishable by up to 14 […]

OPINION: Flying straight and level as an African lesbian

OPINION: Flying straight and level as an African lesbian

By Enid Otun Enid Otun is an aviation engineer and the creator of, ‘If Women Were Meant To Fly, The Sky Would Be Pink’, a podcast about her life as a female pilot in Nigeria As a Black, female commercial pilot in Nigeria in the 1980s and 90s, I was starting to grapple with the […]

Nigeria: First lesbian love story goes online to beat censors

Nigeria: First lesbian love story goes online to beat censors

Two women lie in bed, stroking each other’s hair, and talking about coming out to their parents in Nigeria, where they could be jailed for 14 years for having a lesbian relationship. The trailer for Nigeria’s first lesbian feature film, ‘Ife’ – which means love in the Yoruba language – has been watched thousands of […]

Nigeria: Broken lives of 47 anti-gay law victims

Nigeria: Broken lives of 47 anti-gay law victims

(Reuters) – The 57 men stumbled out of the back of a dark police truck, into the glare of a sunny courtyard, and a phalanx of cameras. Some clutched another’s hand, as if for comfort. They lined up on wooden benches in the dirt, almost all of them trying to hide their faces, and not […]

Nigeria LGBT: Court adjourns case of 47 men

Nigeria LGBT: Court adjourns case of 47 men

(Reuters) – After months of delays, Nigerian prosecutors began presenting their evidence against 47 men, charged with public displays of affection with members of the same sex, but asked for an adjournment after calling one witness. Prosecution lawyer, Ilyas Abdulrahman, said their lead witness, the police inspector who led the raid in which the men […]

Nigeria: 47 men plead not guilty to homosexuality charge

Nigeria: 47 men plead not guilty to homosexuality charge

(Reuters) – Forty-seven Nigerian men pleaded innocent on Wednesday to a charge of public displays of affection with members of the same sex, an offence that carries a 10-year jail term. Homosexuality is outlawed in many socially conservative African societies, where some religious groups brand it a corrupting Western import. The Nigerian men, who appeared […]

EU court bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seekers

EU court bars ‘gay test’ for asylum seekers

Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests, to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay, the EU’s top court ruled yesterday (Thursday 25 January). Effectively barring the use of sexual orientation testing as an invasion of “the most intimate aspects” of life, the Court […]

Nigeria: Court Charges People With Attendance At Gay Wedding

Nigeria: Court Charges People With Attendance At Gay Wedding

Yesterday, Monday 8 May, a Nigerian court charged fifty- four people with criminal conspiracy and illegal gathering, for attending an alleged gay wedding. Most of those being charged were not present in court, and the lawyer for the defence, Kimi Appah, said that the group had been celebrating a birthday in April, for one of […]

Openly Gay LGBT Activist Intends To Run In Nigerian Elections

Openly Gay LGBT Activist Intends To Run In Nigerian Elections

An openly gay activist, Bisi Alimi, says he intends to put himself forward for Nigeria’s elections in 2019, and has received death threaths since saying so. Tweeting on November 19th last that he was going to “throw his hat” into the political ring, he said: “After much thinking for over 2yrs, I have decided to […]