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Nigerian influencer Enioluwa Adeoluwa condemns anti-LGBT violence

Popular Nigerian influencer, writer, and public speaker Enioluwa Adeoluwa, also known as Eni, has spoken out against homophobia and anti-LGBT violence.

By NoStringsNG Contributor

Enioluwa Adeoluwa (Source: Paper Magazine)

This came as a reaction to a recently trending video that showed a cross-dresser being verbally and physically assaulted by a group of young men.

The award-winning influencer, visibly shocked by the incident, shared a post on his X account to raise awareness and educate others, particularly Nigerians, about the harmful effects of LGBTIQ-phobia.

In his response, Eni described the actions of the young men as “inhumane, unjust, and unkind.” He pointed out the hypocrisy of many Nigerians who oppose oppression yet engage in it themselves. He wrote:

In recent times, Nigeria has faced harsh economic conditions, insecurity; human rights violations, and disregard for the rule of law. These issues are often blamed on the unjust and cruel use of power by politicians and their allies. Yet many Nigerians who complain about being oppressed can be oppressors themselves, especially toward LGBT people.

This disheartening but common occurrence is just one of many negative experiences faced by LGBT individuals in Nigeria, who frequently suffer from different forms of homophobia.

Due to anti-gay laws, LGBT people lack legal protection and remain at significant risk of discrimination and violence.

Beyond Eni’s guidance, it’s essential for everyone to value and respect the diversity inherent in humanity. It’s also important to remember that, under Nigerian law, assault is a criminal offense with a  penalty of up to four years in prison, regardless of the victim’s sexual orientation or social status.

Source: African Human Rights Media Network member NoStringsNG.


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    Davidson 12 hours ago

    Honestly, someone simply had to say it. These is a consistent thing that occurs to LGBT folks every now and then and it’s long been a major cut-throat to the community. I’m simply glad Eni had the courage to say it, notwithstanding the backlash he would face hence after. Well done.