Category: West Africa

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Nigerian youth wins LGBTIQ+ writing contest

Nigerian youth wins LGBTIQ+ writing contest

A Nigerian youth has been declared the winner of the Nigerian LGBTIQ+ writing contest launched by NoStringsNG. From the African Human Rights Medi [...]
Nigerian singer Fireboy is dismantling gender norms

Nigerian singer Fireboy is dismantling gender norms

Popular Nigerian singer Adedamola Adefolahan, professionally known as Fireboy, has no regard for gender norms. From the African Human Rights Medi [...]
Porn, bullying, HIV – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

Porn, bullying, HIV – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

LGBTIQ+ Nigerians benefit from the support provided by volunteer counselors via the Qtalk app. (Fourth in a series) From the African Human Rights [...]
Nigerian singer Simi apologizes for anti-LGBT comments; all is not forgiven

Nigerian singer Simi apologizes for anti-LGBT comments; all is not forgiven

Nigerian singer Simisola Kosoko, popularly known as Simi, has apologized to the Nigerian LGBTQ+ community for her previous homophobic comments. By [...]
Call for applications: LGBTIQ+ community support fund

Call for applications: LGBTIQ+ community support fund

The Nigerian LGBTIQ+ website NoStringsNG.com is offering emergency help with food purchases for LGBTIQ+ Nigerians living in Nigeria. From t [...]
Nigerian gay model seeks fan support for nude photo project

Nigerian gay model seeks fan support for nude photo project

Award-winning international gay model Alex Gede is seeking support from his fans to allow him to create more "artistic, classic, and erotic” photos by [...]
Nigerian ex-youth pastor shares throwback of struggles with being gay

Nigerian ex-youth pastor shares throwback of struggles with being gay

Dan Yomi, who served as a youth pastor while in Nigeria, has shared a glimpse of his past struggles with his sexuality. From the African Human Ri [...]
Here’s how you can support the repeal of Nigeria’s anti-gay law

Here’s how you can support the repeal of Nigeria’s anti-gay law

Out gay Nigerian youth, Mathew Blaise has launched a campaign urging the Nigerian government to repeal the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA). [...]
‘People should expect greatness’ in film about Nigerian women in love

‘People should expect greatness’ in film about Nigerian women in love

In a NoStringsNG podcast interview, Nigerian actress Cindy Amadi defends "Ìfé", the new and trending Nollywood film about two women who fall in love w [...]
Blackmail, abuse, homelessness – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

Blackmail, abuse, homelessness – Qtalk helps LGBTQ+ Nigerians

LGBTIQ+ Nigerians continue to benefit from the support provided by volunteer counselors via the Qtalk app. (Third in a series) From the Afric [...]
Nigeria: New diversity prize will boost young people’s work

Nigeria: New diversity prize will boost young people’s work

To celebrate and encourage tolerance and diversity in Nigeria, a forward-looking group of citizens has launched the Nigeria Prize for Difference and D [...]
Film Alert: Nigeria’s first lesbian-themed film coming your way

Film Alert: Nigeria’s first lesbian-themed film coming your way

The Nigerian LGBTIQ+ community is pumped up in expectation of an upcoming lesbian-themed film. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
Here’s how LGBTIQ+ Africans can celebrate Pride this year while at home

Here’s how LGBTIQ+ Africans can celebrate Pride this year while at home

Even if they're home-bound because of Covid-19, all LGBTIQ+ communities in Africa will be able to celebrate Pride this year, thanks to a group that is [...]
Nigerian’s fund drive seeks help for LGBT asylum seekers in U.K.

Nigerian’s fund drive seeks help for LGBT asylum seekers in U.K.

A U.K-based gay Nigerian, Dan Yomi, has teamed up with U.K-based NGOs to launch a fundraiser aimed at benefiting LGBTQ+ Africans seeking asylum in the [...]
Nigerian musician tells why queer Nigerians can relate to him

Nigerian musician tells why queer Nigerians can relate to him

David Garland, a Nigerian musician, believes that his calls for personal authenticity, even if it breaks with social norms, should be appealing to que [...]
Homophobic Nigerian plans anti-gay, anti-lesbian protest in Akwa Ibom State

Homophobic Nigerian plans anti-gay, anti-lesbian protest in Akwa Ibom State

A Nigerian man in Akwa Ibom State is planning a protest against gays and lesbians next weekend. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
Documentary reveals struggles of queer Nigerians abroad

Documentary reveals struggles of queer Nigerians abroad

An interesting new short documentary on YouTube highlights the struggles of queer Nigerian immigrants abroad. From the African Human Rights Media [...]
‘I thought dating a woman was a sin’ – Out Nigerian lesbian couple shares

‘I thought dating a woman was a sin’ – Out Nigerian lesbian couple shares

Out and proud Nigerian lesbian couple Amara and Olayinka have shared their coming out stories to inspire other LGBTQ+ Nigerians. From the African [...]
Ghana: 47% of LGBT teens engage in self-harm

Ghana: 47% of LGBT teens engage in self-harm

In Ghana. nearly half of LGBT youths engage in self-harm, a new survey found. That compares with less than a quarter of heterosexual youths. [...]
Abused, outed, raped: Qtalk helps LGBTIQ+ Nigerians (2nd of a series)

Abused, outed, raped: Qtalk helps LGBTIQ+ Nigerians (2nd of a series)

Attacked, arrested, raped, outed -- LGBTIQ+ Nigerians turn to the Qtalk counseling app for help coping with the country’s homophobia. Read their stori [...]
Nigeria’s first LGBTIQ+-focused online store is here!

Nigeria’s first LGBTIQ+-focused online store is here!

Equality Hub, a Nigerian LBQ-focused non-profit, has recently launched an online retail store that offers quality and affordable LGBTIQ+ customized it [...]
A surprise for Nigerian police: This man is gay and proud

A surprise for Nigerian police: This man is gay and proud

Samuel Uchenna had a surprise in store for Nigerian police when they arrested him on suspicion of homosexual activity. After spending Tuesday night in [...]
Qtalk reveals the lives and struggles of LGBTIQ+ Nigerians (1st of a series)

Qtalk reveals the lives and struggles of LGBTIQ+ Nigerians (1st of a series)

In Nigeria, where LGBTIQ+ persons face many struggles due to the country's homophobia, the new Qtalk app provides some relief, as the following storie [...]
Nigeria: Gay youth trapped at home with homophobic dad

Nigeria: Gay youth trapped at home with homophobic dad

As the country’s lockdown continues and coronavirus cases increase, LGBTIQ+ Nigerians have become more vulnerable. From the African Human Rights [...]
How LGBTIQ+ Nigerians are coping with COVID-19 pandemic

How LGBTIQ+ Nigerians are coping with COVID-19 pandemic

The LGBTIQ+ community in Nigeria has been severely impacted by the new coronavirus, LGBTIQ+ human rights activists say. From the African Human Ri [...]
Nigerian music group releases new pro-LGBT song

Nigerian music group releases new pro-LGBT song

The Christians On Diverse Energy (The CODE), a group of Nigerian LGBTIQ+ vocalists, has released a new song that advocates full recognition of LGBTIQ+ [...]
Conservative Christians block LGBT+ meeting in Ghana

Conservative Christians block LGBT+ meeting in Ghana

Ghana has blocked a LGBT+ rights conference planned for July, bowing to complaints from conservative Christians. From the African Human Rig [...]
Ghana: God ‘made us a tad different but still in his image’ — with glitter

Ghana: God ‘made us a tad different but still in his image’ — with glitter

In the new video "Voices of the Rainbow," LGBTIQ+ Ghanaians describe myths and misconceptions about their community and tell how straight people can b [...]
Nigeria: 57 arrests in anti-gay raid led to widespread suffering

Nigeria: 57 arrests in anti-gay raid led to widespread suffering

Undeserved suffering, shame, fear, anger, lost jobs, beatings and broken lives were the outcome of August 2018's anti-gay raid on a birthday party, as [...]
Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

Ivory Coast family beats up gay son after meeting his lover

A gay man in Ivory Coast was beaten up by family members earlier this month after introducing his male lover to them. From the African Huma [...]
Gay Nigerian’s achievement: a passionate public kiss

Gay Nigerian’s achievement: a passionate public kiss

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but we won’t forget in a hurry how Dan Yomi, a Nigerian gay man, surprised and delighted us then by sharing an onli [...]
Nigeria trial starts for 47 men accused of same-sex affection

Nigeria trial starts for 47 men accused of same-sex affection

A trial is under way in Nigeria for 47 men accused of making a "public show of same-sex amorous relationships,” which is punishable by up to 10 years [...]
‘I lost a promotion because of my sexuality’: Nigerian gay man shares

‘I lost a promotion because of my sexuality’: Nigerian gay man shares

In a sad, too-familiar tale, a Lagos-based Nigerian gay man in his mid-30s has been refused a promotion at work because of his perceived sexual orient [...]
LGBTIQ+ Nigerians get new chat and counseling mobile app

LGBTIQ+ Nigerians get new chat and counseling mobile app

NoStrings Development Initiatives, Nigeria’s leading LGBTIQ+ media advocacy group, has launched a new social and counseling mobile app for the country [...]
Uche Jombo’s new film has a lesson for scamsters who pretend to be gay

Uche Jombo’s new film has a lesson for scamsters who pretend to be gay

A new web series produced by super-star Nollywood actress and film producer, Uche Jombo, highlights issues relating to men pretending to be gay in ord [...]
U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors seek repeal of 69 nations’ anti-gay laws

U.S. ambassadors are promoting LGBTQ rights worldwide even as gay-rights activists blast the Trump administration for anti-LGBTQ domestic policies. [...]
Here’s an old short film with a Nigerian gay character worth seeing

Here’s an old short film with a Nigerian gay character worth seeing

An old short film with a gay character played by a Nigerian has a lesson for us all. It's a reminder of the importance of sometimes questioning our be [...]
Nigeria’s first awards for LGBTIQ+ human rights activists are finally here

Nigeria’s first awards for LGBTIQ+ human rights activists are finally here

For the first time in the history of Nigeria, LGBTIQ+ human rights activists and organizations working for the advancement of LGBTIQ+ equality will be [...]
Nigeria: Gay man’s secret revealed

Nigeria: Gay man’s secret revealed

Married Nigerian gay man Lucius [name changed] is afraid for his family's future now that a neighborhood phone repairman has discovered his sexual ori [...]
A successful LGBTQ+ event at a Nigerian restaurant

A successful LGBTQ+ event at a Nigerian restaurant

Homophobia indeed transcends borders, but the case was quite different for Dan Yomi, an out U.K.-based Nigerian gay man who recently hosted an LGBTQ+ [...]
47 Nigerians could get 10 years for public displays of affection

47 Nigerians could get 10 years for public displays of affection

In perhaps the largest-ever court action based on Nigeria's 2014 anti-gay law, 47 Nigerian men face up to 10 years in prison for alleged public displa [...]
Did Bisi Alimi really organize Nigeria’s ‘first-ever’ LGBT pride?

Did Bisi Alimi really organize Nigeria’s ‘first-ever’ LGBT pride?

Nigerian gay activist Bisi Alimi and his foundation celebrated the lives and talents of LGBTIQ+ Nigerians in a "Diversity Pride Night" in late October [...]
7 Nigerian celebrities who are pro-LGBT and have spoken out

7 Nigerian celebrities who are pro-LGBT and have spoken out

In Nigeria, homosexuality is considered a taboo subject, and so, not very many people are comfortable with talking positively about it. From [...]
‘I thought I had conquered my gay side’: Nigerian gay model on marrying a woman

‘I thought I had conquered my gay side’: Nigerian gay model on marrying a woman

International Nigerian gay professional model Alex Gede has released a new video addressing questions from people about his sexuality and marriage to [...]
Nigerian LGBTIQ+ activist nominated for the first Mary Chirwa Award

Nigerian LGBTIQ+ activist nominated for the first Mary Chirwa Award

Nigerian LGBTIQ+ activist Pamela Adie has been shortlisted to receive the first Mary Chirwa Award for courageous leadership. From the African Hum [...]
‘It messed me up big time’: Nigerian youth shares homophobic experiences

‘It messed me up big time’: Nigerian youth shares homophobic experiences

Openly gay Nigerian student Matthew Blaise has shared some of the homophobic slurs and attacks he has experienced at school. From the African H [...]
U.S. lesbian ex-footballer trains Nigerian girls to combat sex trafficking

U.S. lesbian ex-footballer trains Nigerian girls to combat sex trafficking

Retired American lesbian soccer player Joanna Lohman has traveled to  Nigeria to train girls on how to combat sex trafficking -- using sports. Fr [...]
‘It is scary’: Fashion writer Vincent Desmond on being queer, out and Nigerian

‘It is scary’: Fashion writer Vincent Desmond on being queer, out and Nigerian

Nigerian fashion writer and editor Vincent Desmond has shared his experience living as an openly queer person in Nigeria. By Mike Daemon Nig [...]
NGO’s and activists condemn threats against Bobrisky

NGO’s and activists condemn threats against Bobrisky

NGO’s and activists in Nigeria have condemned the harassment and threats made by the head of the  National Council for Arts and Culture against Intern [...]
Anti-gay Nigerian protesters demand harsher laws against LGBTIQ+ people

Anti-gay Nigerian protesters demand harsher laws against LGBTIQ+ people

Homophobic Nigerian youths and officials protested this week to demand harsher laws and a crackdown on LGBTIQ+ people in Nigeria. From the Africa [...]
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