Category: West Africa

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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 [...]
Trailer: New film captures the truth of gay life in Nigeria

Trailer: New film captures the truth of gay life in Nigeria

Members of the gay community in Nigeria are excitedly anticipating the release of a new film that people believe has captured the true experience of l [...]
A sign of progress in Nigeria: Gay sibling is invited to family event

A sign of progress in Nigeria: Gay sibling is invited to family event

Dan Yomi, a widely known and openly gay Nigerian, is elated that his brother has shown signs of acceptance -- Dan and his boyfriend were recently invi [...]
Nigerian-American singer Jidenna: Homosexuality is not un-African

Nigerian-American singer Jidenna: Homosexuality is not un-African

Superstar Nigerian-American singer and rapper Jidenna has stepped forth to debunk ignorant false claims that homosexuality is un-African. Fro [...]
Here’s a newsletter every Nigerian lesbian, bisexual and queer woman should read

Here’s a newsletter every Nigerian lesbian, bisexual and queer woman should read

With the country’s anti-gay law and Nigeria’s homophobia, being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer in Nigeria can be truly frustrating and h [...]
Port Harcourt based anti-gay blackmailer arrested by Nigeria police

Port Harcourt based anti-gay blackmailer arrested by Nigeria police

Charles Henry Chukwuebuka, a Port Harcourt-based anti-gay blackmailer, has been arrested by the Nigeria police in Port Harcourt whilst trying to black [...]
Ivory Coast flirts with same-sex marriage, then rejects it

Ivory Coast flirts with same-sex marriage, then rejects it

A proposal that would have allowed same-sex marriage in Ivory Coast has been withdrawn. The revised version, which is apparently headed for passage in [...]
Commentary: Ghana needs a visit from U.N.’s SOGI expert

Commentary: Ghana needs a visit from U.N.’s SOGI expert

Ghana may be ready for a visit from the U.N.'s expert on sexual minorities, commentator Kwaku Adomako states in Modern Ghana. From the Afri [...]
Nigerian model becomes the first trans contestant in a beauty pageant

Nigerian model becomes the first trans contestant in a beauty pageant

Transgender Nigerian woman Veso Golden Oke, age 25, is competing in a beauty pageant in Ghana alongside other women. By Mike Daemon In Afric [...]
Ex-husband of popular Nollywood actress identified in anti-gay attack

Ex-husband of popular Nollywood actress identified in anti-gay attack

The victim of a recent anti-gay blackmail attack has identified Mercy Aigbe’s ex-husband Lanre Gentry as one of the men involved in the attack at his [...]
Nigerians react as Methodists vote for same-sex marriage

Nigerians react as Methodists vote for same-sex marriage

The prelate of the Methodist church in Nigeria has condemned a decision by the British branch of the Methodist Church in favor of allowing lesbian, ga [...]
Nigerian gay reverend wants to marry but the church won’t let him

Nigerian gay reverend wants to marry but the church won’t let him

An openly gay priest from Nigeria has found himself entangled in the homophobia of the Church of England. From the African Human Rights Media Net [...]
Cameroonian TV channel promotes homophobia

Cameroonian TV channel promotes homophobia

Cameroonians like Vision 4 very much in Yaounde, where it is hailed as a new promising television media. And yet this channel has nasty and shocking w [...]
Staying safe as gay in Nigeria is hard, but here’s how to do it

Staying safe as gay in Nigeria is hard, but here’s how to do it

The Initiative for Equality Rights [TIERs] a Lagos-based Nigerian organization working to ensure LGBTIQ equality, protection and acceptance in Nigeria [...]
Three anti-gay criminals apprehended in Delta State, Nigeria

Three anti-gay criminals apprehended in Delta State, Nigeria

Three members of a group of vicious anti-gay criminals were apprehended last week at Ibusa town in Delta State, Nigeria. From the African Hum [...]
Gay Nigerian ex-priest honored for supporting asylum-seekers

Gay Nigerian ex-priest honored for supporting asylum-seekers

John Adewoye, a gay former priest from Nigeria, has received an award in recognition of his work supporting LGBTIQ African refugees who flee to the U. [...]
Survey: Nigerians are more accepting of gay people

Survey: Nigerians are more accepting of gay people

Results of a new survey show that more Nigerians are beginning to accept lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender [LGBT+] persons. From the Afri [...]
Popular music producer Don Jazzy shows support for feminine Nigerian man

Popular music producer Don Jazzy shows support for feminine Nigerian man

Popular Nigerian producer and record label owner, Don Jazzy, has surprised many on Instagram after he openly showed his support for a young effeminate [...]
Bisexual woman in Nigeria publicly stripped naked for having sex with her girlfriend

Bisexual woman in Nigeria publicly stripped naked for having sex with her girlfriend

Lady Cee [name changed for safety] a 43 year-old Nigerian woman was subjected to all manner of physical and mental abuse by her husband’s kindred afte [...]
Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

Advocates boycott African human rights conference in Egypt

Repression of LGBT rights defenders marred the recently held session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. From the African H [...]
Nigeria: Anglican Church ejects 2 priests for homosexuality

Nigeria: Anglican Church ejects 2 priests for homosexuality

The Anglican Church of Nigeria last week expelled two priests whom it accused of homosexuality. From the African Human Rights Media Network [...]
LGBT in West Africa: Arrests, lynchings, discrimination, denial

LGBT in West Africa: Arrests, lynchings, discrimination, denial

West African nations display a mix of mostly abusive responses to LGBT people, including denial that they exist, lynchings and arrests even without an [...]
Nollywood actor Charles Awurum: God will punish gay men and Bobrisky

Nollywood actor Charles Awurum: God will punish gay men and Bobrisky

Popular Nollywood comic actor Charles Awurum has joined the pack of Nigerian celebrities who give their popularity a cheap boost by bad-mouthing homos [...]
ABANDONED: Traditional festival of male beauty in Niger

ABANDONED: Traditional festival of male beauty in Niger

The West African nation of Niger has withdrawn support for a traditional cultural festival that celebrates male beauty, giving no public explanation. [...]
Linda Ikeji and Charly Boy are characters in new book about homosexuality?

Linda Ikeji and Charly Boy are characters in new book about homosexuality?

A new fiction book that mirrors LGBT life in Nigeria seemingly highlights Nigerian celebrities Charly Boy and Linda Ikeji as two powerful fictional ch [...]
New libraries are now available for LGBTI Nigerians

New libraries are now available for LGBTI Nigerians

LGBTI persons in Nigeria can now access two computer-equipped libraries in Lagos, thanks to The Initiatives for Equal Rights (TIERs), a Nigerian LGBTI [...]
Nigerian lesbian reveals why she will marry a gay man

Nigerian lesbian reveals why she will marry a gay man

Liz, age 35, is under pressure from her family to get married but, as a lesbian, that's a problem for her. Here she explains how she plans to get by i [...]
Meet the young Nigerian who is running an LGBT inclusive clothing brand in Nigeria

Meet the young Nigerian who is running an LGBT inclusive clothing brand in Nigeria

Young Nigerians are becoming more innovative and daring by the day, and Raldie Young, a young Lagos-based Nigerian is one of them. From the Afric [...]
Gay bishops, not gay spouses, welcome at Anglican meeting

Gay bishops, not gay spouses, welcome at Anglican meeting

Several African churches are protesting the decision by the top Anglican archbishop to invite gay bishops to an upcoming worldwide gathering of the ch [...]
Activist Nigerian woman worries: More gay men marry women

Activist Nigerian woman worries: More gay men marry women

A Port Harcourt-based women’s rights activist is alarmed over the rate at which gay men are deceiving heterosexual women into marriages to hide their [...]
Nigeria: Free training in media and public speaking

Nigeria: Free training in media and public speaking

The Bisi Alimi Foundation, a Nigerian LGBT diaspora organization, is currently accepting applications from LGBT persons for its free one-day media cap [...]
Lagos 57 gay suspect speaks about his arrest and prison time

Lagos 57 gay suspect speaks about his arrest and prison time

A new podcast takes a look at last summer's police raid on a Lagos hotel where about 57 young men were arrested on homosexuality charges, an allegatio [...]
Politicians’ anti-gay posturing mars Senegal election

Politicians’ anti-gay posturing mars Senegal election

Homophobic posturing is often a feature of African political campaigns, and the politicians in Senegal's upcoming presidential election have fallen in [...]
[Video] Gay Nigerian reveals why he came out to his family on WhatsApp

[Video] Gay Nigerian reveals why he came out to his family on WhatsApp

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Dan Yomi has released the first part of his anticipated video series about how he came out to his family on WhatsApp an [...]
Stop hating gay people, says Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh

Stop hating gay people, says Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh

Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has joined the list of Nigerian celebrities condemning anti-gay discrimination and violence. From the African Hum [...]
Mobile counseling + social app for LGBT Nigerians

Mobile counseling + social app for LGBT Nigerians

LGBT+ Nigerians are about to get a new online mobile platform through which they can connect, chat and get help from LGBT-friendly professionals acros [...]
8 shocking human rights violations suffered by gay Nigerians

8 shocking human rights violations suffered by gay Nigerians

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), through its "Human, Not Number" advocacy project, has highlighted eight shocking cases of human rights violat [...]
Out gay Nigerian prepares online help for others

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 [...]
Rights of 286 LGBT Nigerians violated in 2018, report says

Rights of 286 LGBT Nigerians violated in 2018, report says

Without any protection against anti-gay discrimination in Nigerian law, LGBTI Nigerians continue to suffer human rights violations based on their real [...]
‘I was almost burnt alive,’ Nigerian trans woman says

‘I was almost burnt alive,’ Nigerian trans woman says

A Nigerian trans woman describes the perils of living in a society where trans people suffer discrimination, violence and even death. From the [...]
Will gay Nigerians ever be free to openly live their authentic lives?

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

It's time to evaluate the successes and failures of LGBT rights strategies in Nigeria. From the African Human Rights Media Network By [...]
Here’s why Nigeria remains a hotbed of homophobia

Here’s why Nigeria remains a hotbed of homophobia

In Nigeria, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) persons continue to suffer persecution and extreme violence. The reason is the nati [...]
6 surprising facts about Nigeria’s anti-gay-marriage law

6 surprising facts about Nigeria’s anti-gay-marriage law

In Nigeria, LGBTQ+ persons still experience discrimination, violence and even death -- human rights abuses that are largely fueled by the harsh homo [...]
Blackmailers force Nigerian student to come out to family

Blackmailers force Nigerian student to come out to family

A Nigerian student at Abia State Polytechnic was set up, blackmailed and forced to come out to his family following threats from the blackmailers. [...]
Liberia again weighs tightening anti-gay laws

Liberia again weighs tightening anti-gay laws

Liberia legislators are considering proposals to tighten the country's laws against same-sex intimacy. The bill would make same-sex marriag [...]
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