Category: West Africa

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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 [...]
Gay Nigerians, here’s an empowering song for you

Gay Nigerians, here’s an empowering song for you

Abuja-based up and coming Nigerian singer Etiti Bass has released an empowering song that could appeal to any gay person out there. From the Af [...]
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 [...]
Struggling Nigerian musician Waconzy turns to homophobia

Struggling Nigerian musician Waconzy turns to homophobia

Afro-soul Nigerian musician Obinna Kelvin Anyanwu, popularly known as Waconcy, is trying to revive his musical career by promoting homophobia. He has [...]
Lesbian activist loses battle in Nigerian court

Lesbian activist loses battle in Nigerian court

A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed a suit seeking to register a lesbian advocacy organization in Nigeria. Lesbian activist Pam [...]
Smartphone maker launches anti-gay campaign in Nigeria

Smartphone maker launches anti-gay campaign in Nigeria

Infinix, one of Africa’s leading smartphone makers, is championing the fight against homosexuality and lesbianism in Nigeria. The China-based [...]
Bisi Alimi threatens to sue Nigerian gay blog for defamation

Bisi Alimi threatens to sue Nigerian gay blog for defamation

By Mike Daemon UK-based Nigerian gay activist Bisi Alimi has vowed to sue a Nigerian blogger for publishing and refusing to delete readers' claims [...]
Bobrisky donates to help Lagos 57 gay suspect

Bobrisky donates to help Lagos 57 gay suspect

One of the Lagos 57 gay suspects, Obialor James Brown, has received a cash donation of 100,000 naira (about U.S. $275) from controversial Nigerian ble [...]
Shock for Nigerian family of student in UK: He’s gay

Shock for Nigerian family of student in UK: He’s gay

Two Nigerian parents are in shock after their son told them in a WhatsApp conversation that he is gay. The young man, Dan Yomi, is currently a student [...]
Nigerian police seek anti-gay suspects from Black Axe cult

Nigerian police seek anti-gay suspects from Black Axe cult

Nigerian police in Lagos and Enugu are reportedly looking for two anti-gay members of the violent Black Axe cult in connection with a recent kidnappin [...]
4 anti-gay arrests in Senegal as 2019 election approaches

4 anti-gay arrests in Senegal as 2019 election approaches

A wave of politically motivated anti-gay arrests is under way in Senegal. The latest LGBT people arrested were two women and two men, detai [...]
Campaign: Block Nigerian hate preacher’s trip to Canada

Campaign: Block Nigerian hate preacher’s trip to Canada

Activists have launched a campaign to stop homophobic Nigerian hate preacher Suleman Johnson from spreading his homophobic sermons to Canada. [...]
Does Bisi Alimi care about gay Nigerians?

Does Bisi Alimi care about gay Nigerians?

By Mike Daemon Acclaimed Nigerian LGBT rights activist Bisi Alimi has made an "unapologetic" declaration to members of the Nigerian LGBT community [...]
Nigerian activist aims to take down anti-gay law

Nigerian activist aims to take down anti-gay law

Nigerian LGBT rights activist Edafe Okporo is set to push for the repeal of the country’s anti-gay law. Okporo, who now resides in the U.S af [...]
Why I cross-dress. Onyx explains on Nigerian TV

Why I cross-dress. Onyx explains on Nigerian TV

Cross-dressing is frowned upon and condemned as taboo by many Africans even though historically it’s deeply rooted in African culture. But Ni [...]
Nigeria: Port Harcourt man ID’d as anti-gay blackmailer

Nigeria: Port Harcourt man ID’d as anti-gay blackmailer

A series of victims have identified a Port Harcourt-based young man as the person who extorted money out of them through anti-gay blackmail. Th [...]
Nigerian presidential aspirant Donald Duke admits he’s homophobic

Nigerian presidential aspirant Donald Duke admits he’s homophobic

By Mike Daemon Presidential aspirant Donald Duke vows to continue the persecution of LGBTI Nigerians if elected president in 2019.   [...]
Here is the face of a police officer who extorts gay people in Nigeria

Here is the face of a police officer who extorts gay people in Nigeria

In Nigeria, police officers have gone into the business of extortion and blackmail, targeting gay men as their victims. Several cases recentl [...]
Gay teen’s mom foils anti-gay blackmail plot

Gay teen’s mom foils anti-gay blackmail plot

Blackmail plans went awry for an anti-gay gang in Nigeria when they targeted a gay teenager in Port Harcourt. To their surprise, they learned that the [...]
65 places to avoid, 11 steps to take if you are gay in Nigeria

65 places to avoid, 11 steps to take if you are gay in Nigeria

Here's a quick guide to avoiding the blackmail, extortion and other violent crimes that so often target LGBT people  in Nigeria. These crimes are [...]
Fear disrupts birthday party hosted by gay man in Lagos

Fear disrupts birthday party hosted by gay man in Lagos

A birthday party the a gay man organized July 22 in Lagos Island did not end as planned: Anti-gay threats fueled tension and fear among the party-goer [...]
‘Make Nigeria Gay Again’ animated video explains Nigeria’s anti-gay law

‘Make Nigeria Gay Again’ animated video explains Nigeria’s anti-gay law

A digital media group in Nigeria has released an animated video that explains the country's Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law and the damage it does. [...]
Nigeria: 100+ youths face homosexuality charges in court

Nigeria: 100+ youths face homosexuality charges in court

Over 100 young persons who were arrested in Asaba, Nigeria, and alleged to be gays and lesbians are now facing homosexuality-related charges in court. [...]
Nigeria: Police arrest over 100 alleged gay and lesbians

Nigeria: Police arrest over 100 alleged gay and lesbians

Nigerian police have arrested more than 100 party-goers at a hotel in Asaba, Delta State, on charges that they are gays and lesbians. The incid [...]
Nigeria’s first LGBT-focused talk show is here!

Nigeria’s first LGBT-focused talk show is here!

Two Nigerians, Chijioke Okoli and Cisi Eze, popularly known as CJ and Cisi, have banded together to launch a radio show that will explore issues relat [...]
Nigeria: Benue State legislators pass anti-gay bill

Nigeria: Benue State legislators pass anti-gay bill

The rights of sexual minorities in Nigeria are increasingly at risk, as the LGBT community remains a frequent target for politicians seeking favor wit [...]
Nigerians take to the streets to protest LGBTI killings

Nigerians take to the streets to protest LGBTI killings

A group of brave Nigerians took to the street yesterday to say enough is enough to the endless persecution and numerous unjust killings of LGBTI Niger [...]
IDAHOT day: Festivities but homophobic hate too

IDAHOT day: Festivities but homophobic hate too

Celebrations, awards and inspiring statements marked today's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in many countries, although opponent [...]
Homophobes of the Week: Cameroon’s baton-swinging police

Homophobes of the Week: Cameroon’s baton-swinging police

Gendarmes in Cameroon won the dishonor of being selected as Homophobes of the Week by launching a gay-hunting expedition that raided a bar and a movie [...]
Nigeria: Man facing homosexuality charges languishes in prison

Nigeria: Man facing homosexuality charges languishes in prison

Sick and abandoned, a 26-year-old Nigerian man has been locked up in a cell for the past nine months without trial. He was arrested in August at a par [...]
Homophobe of the Week: whipping advocate Irwandi Yusuf

Homophobe of the Week: whipping advocate Irwandi Yusuf

Indonesian politician Irwandi Yusuf is the recipient of the Homophobe of the Week Award for deciding to continue whippings as a punishment for gay sex [...]
2 boys in love: Nigerian activists, moviemakers join forces for film

2 boys in love: Nigerian activists, moviemakers join forces for film

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), a Nigerian human rights group, has collaborated with Nollywood for an LGBT-themed film about two boys who fal [...]
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