Nigeria, Africa

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous country in the world with a population of over 140 million. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The economy of Nigeria is one of the fastest growing in the world. Homosexuality in Nigeria is illegal and can be punished by imprisonment of up to 14 years. The north of Nigeria is Islamic and extremely conservative Areas under Sharia have instituted death for homosexual men and women (rarely carried out). Any content, advocating groups or associations, support, talking to, and marriage regarding LGBT persons carries a prison sentence of at least four years. In 2005, the Ugandan constitution was amended to ban same-sex marriage.

 

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Nigerian Court Puts Dozens on Trial Over Alleged Gay Wedding

Zaria, Nigeria — Fifty four people went on trial in northern Nigeria on Monday on charges connected to allegations that they were celebrating a gay wedding, which are outlawed in the country. The court began hearing the case against the defendants — most of whom were not present in court — who have been charged… Read more »

53 people face criminal charges for attending a gay wedding

53 people are facing criminal charges in Nigeria after police claimed they attended a same-sex wedding. Homosexuality has long been illegal in Nigeria, but a draconian 2013 law moved beyond simply targeting gay sex – extending the provisions to criminalise all forms of same-sex unions and clamp down on the LGBT community. Under the law,… Read more »

Nigeria launch investigation into ‘gay’ Swiss Ambassador

The Nigerian Government is to investigate claims that Switzerland’s Ambassador to the country is living with his husband. Eric Mayoraz arrived in Nigeria last year and – according to local newspaper, the Daily Trust – did so with his husband, a Brazilian man known as Mr Carlos. Akinremi Bolaji, a spokesman for the Ministry of… Read more »

U.S. Support of Gay Rights in Africa May Have Done More Harm Than Good

Lagos, Nigeria — Suspicious neighbors and landlords pry into their private lives. Blackmailers hunt for victims on the social media sites they use to meet others of the same sex. Police officers routinely stop them to search for incriminating images and chats on their cellphones. Since an anti-gay law went into effect last year, many… Read more »

Gay Nigerians face beatings, harsh prison sentences, even death

Nigeria made same-sex marriage and gay rights activism illegal last January. Since then, gay Nigerians say abuse and extortion have become commonplace by state-sponsored vigilantes, police and public mobs. As part of a week-long series “Nigeria: Pain and Promise,” special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports on the threats and violence that LGBT citizens face in that… Read more »

Nigerian Novelist Reflects on Anti-Gay Law

Malmo, Sweden – One day in January 2014, award-winning Nigerian writer and rights activist Jude Dibia woke up gasping for air. Nigeria had just passed a law criminalizing homosexuality. This prompted Dibia to make the decision to leave his home country. Dibia now lives in Sweden, where he is a guest writer of the Malmö… Read more »

12 men arrested in Nigeria for holding a ‘gay wedding’

Most of them were teenagers and could be possibly put to death 12 men were arrested for holding a ‘gay wedding’ in Nigeria yesterday (26 January). Fariq Maidguri, 18, and Abba Mohammed, 25, who was not caught, are accused of attempting to hold a ceremony for their relationship. The suspects, most of them teenagers, were… Read more »

My gay life in Nigeria – Isolation, danger & fear

Ethan Regal* tells his personal story of living in Nigeria as a gay man: When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation whenever I saw an attractive guy. The stories I heard regarding romance involved a boy and girl. So I thought to myself: maybe I’m a… Read more »

Nigerian Archbishop tells government: Stop punishing gays

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria says the country’s government is “wrong” to be “punishing” gay Nigerians. The Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, has condemned Nigeria’s draconian anti-gay legislation, saying the Catholic Church is against “the criminalisation of people with different sexual orientations”. Speaking to Catholic publication The Tablet at The Vatican on Monday, Archbishop Kaigama… Read more »

Homophobia not only affects human rights, but also growth

As a gay man living in Nigeria, my biggest challenge was choosing between my sexuality and my job. In 2004, I was at the start of my acting career. I had just left university, and I was featured in “Roses and Thorns,” a prime-time soap opera on Galaxy Television, one of Nigeria’s most popular TV… Read more »

Gay Nigerians stripped naked and whipped in public after sex party

A gay man from Lagos reported a group of gay Nigerians to the authorities after they refused to give him money for sex Five gay Nigerian men were detained, stripped naked and beaten in public last week after they refused to give money to a sexual partner from Lagos who was blackmailing them. According to… Read more »

Nigeria: 4 men charged with breaking anti-gay laws whipped in Islamic court

A human rights group says four men convicted of breaking anti-gay laws have been whipped publicly in an Islamic court in Bauchi, northern Nigeria. The Associated Press reports the men were among dozens arrested after Nigeria strengthened laws against same-sex sexual activity in January. Dorothy Aken’Ova of the Coalition for the Defence of Sexual Rights… Read more »

Nigerian Anglican Church requiring office holders to denounce homosexuality

The Anglican Church in Nigeria has banned homosexuals and bisexuals from all official roles within the church – forcing potential office holders to denounce homosexuality before God People seeking to hold official positions within the Anglican Church of Nigeria are being forced to swear that they are not gay before God – inviting God to… Read more »

Award winning Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie slams anti-gay laws

Award winning Nigerian author and poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has spoken out about the further criminalization of homosexuality in her homeland – calling it a victimless crime Nigerian author and poet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has criticized legislative efforts to further suppress the LGBTI community in Nigeria in an opinion piece for News Wire Nigeria published… Read more »

Wielding Whip and a Hard New Law, Nigeria Tries to ‘Sanitize’ Itself of Gays

Bauchi, Nigeria — The young man cried out as he was being whipped on the courtroom bench. The bailiff’s leather whip struck him 20 times, and when it was over, the man’s side and back were covered with bruises. Still, the large crowd outside was disappointed, the judge recalled: The penalty for gay sex under… Read more »

Nigerian gay people being hunted down

In northern Nigeria, gay men are being hunted down. In front of Bauchi state’s Sharia Commission, a white-walled two-storey building, men in dark green uniforms are awaiting orders from their boss. The man in charge of the Islamic police, or Hisbah, says the hunt began when the Hausa Leadership newspaper reported last year that homosexuals… Read more »

Nigeria: Trial of men accused of being gay suspended due to ‘mob justice’ fears

Two Islamic courts in Nigeria have suspended the trials of 10 men accused of breaking laws against homosexuality over fears stones will once again be thrown at the defendants. An angry crowd last Wednesday pelted stones at several men suspected of breaking Islamic law banning homosexuality after their hearing was adjourned at the Upper Sharia… Read more »

Nigeria’s Gay ‘Witch Hunt’ Has Lead To Arrests In 4 States: Amnesty International

Lagos, Nigeria (AP) — A “witch hunt” for gay people has led to arrests in at least four of Nigeria’s 36 states, Amnesty International said Wednesday, blaming a new law criminalizing gay organizations and meetings as well as same-sex marriage. It said the law’s disregard for human rights mirrors that of the military dictators who… Read more »

38 gay men arrested in Nigeria, 130 more to go

Human rights activists claim police have a list of 168 gay men in northern Nigeria and will arrest every last one Dozens of gay men are being arrested in northern Nigeria, human rights activists have said. The police have allegedly drawn up a list of 168 wanted gay men. 38 have been arrested in recent… Read more »

Nigeria: 11 Muslim men accused of being gay face possible death sentence by religious court

Get the latest LGBT headlines in your inbox with our free daily newsletter! An Islamic court in Nigeria has put on trial 11 Muslim men accused of violating their religion due to their alleged sexuality – if found guilty they could be sentenced to death by stoning. The trials are taking place in the country’s… Read more »

Nigeria bans gay marriage, gay meetings

Abuja, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s president has signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Monday. It was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan and dated Jan.… Read more »

A new anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

The legislature of Katsina State in northern Nigeria added to that country’s patchwork quilt of anti-gay laws on Dec. 3, passing a law providing for 14 years in prison for same-sex relations between either men or women. The same state law also applies to anyone convicted of same-sex sexual harassment of students, job-seekers, employees and… Read more »

The gay taboo in Nigeria: “I don’t lose sight of the struggle”

It’s now nearly nine years since Bisi Alimi made the decision to come out as gay on national Nigerian television. He hasn’t stopped fighting since. It’s now nearly nine years since Bisi Alimi made the decision to come out as gay on national Nigerian television. He hasn’t stopped fighting since. Bisi Alimi had trouble getting… Read more »

In Nigeria a Mere Rumor of Being Gay Can Lead to Violence and Imprisonment

This week police in Aba state, Nigeria, had 40-year-old Benjamin Ndubuisi go on trail for having gay sex with a 23-year-old man, based on rumors. Police allege that Ndubuisi, who they say is a pastor, had sex with a younger man who worked at his Ogbor Hill church, basing their case entirely on what appears… Read more »

Nigeria will allow foreign diplomats who are same-sex married to serve

Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister says that if diplomats who are in same-sex marriages are sent to the West African nation they will be allowed to do their jobs despite the country’s law criminalizing same-sex marriage Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Olugbenga Ashiru has said that Nigeria will allow foreign diplomats married to people of the… Read more »

The flames of homophobia burn in Nigeria

The flames of homophobia are burning in Nigeria. The latest version of the deceptively named “Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill” has dangerously resurfaced. This report was first published on iglhrc.org on Jun 26, 2013. On May 30, 2013 the Nigerian House of Representatives passed a bill banning same sex marriage and further criminalizing same sex relations.… Read more »

UN condemns Nigeria’s Parliament for passing anti-gay law

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned Nigeria’s Parliament for passing a law that further criminalises homosexuality by punishing those who try to enter same-sex marriages. Appearing on a BBC World news programme on Friday, Navi Pillay said: “I am very concerned that the rights of LGBT people… their sexual orientation rights… Read more »

UN says Nigeria’s ‘Jail All the Gays Bill’ breaks international law

President Goodluck Jonathan will be violating Nigerian law and treaties if he signs bill to jail all gays, lesbians and those who protect them UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has condemned Nigeria’s new law, designed to round up and imprison all gay people in the country. She said the bill violates Nigeria’s own equality… Read more »

Poll: 92% of Nigerians support proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage

A new poll has found that 92% of Nigerians are in support of a proposed bill to make same-sex marriages punishable with 14 year prison sentences. Back in May, a bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years was passed by lawmakers in the country’s Parliament. Same-sex… Read more »

Nigeria one step away from banning gay marriage

President yet to sign bill that would jail same-sex couples for up to 14 years amid pressure from UK and US over foreign aid Nigeria has passed a bill banning gay marriage, outlawing organisations supporting gay rights and setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. The bill, passed by Nigeria’s House of… Read more »

Nigeria Lawmakers Pass Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

Abuja, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any “public show” of affection by a same-sex couple. Representatives appeared to unanimously approve the proposal in a voice vote, sending it… Read more »

Living a Double Life: HIV and Men Who Have Sex with Men

HIV has a devastating impact on men who have sex with men (MSM) in Nigeria. “Because of stigma, discrimination, homophobia, and criminalization that MSM face in the course of their lives in many African countries, many are reluctant to access health care services and participate in research thus heightening their vulnerability to HIV infection,” says… Read more »

Anti-gay movie heading for gay-obsessed Nigeria

No good seems likely to come from this: A Nigerian movie called “Law 58? reportedly will be released soon, at least on DVD, with the aim of “throw[ing] light on gay practices in the country and its devastating effects on the society at large,” in the words of Naija.com. The film, reportedly shot several years… Read more »

Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill – The Silance Of NACA

Those that follow Nigerian politics may be astounded at the speed with which the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill is passing through our houses of parliament (especially considering that the National Health Bill is still in the making after 8 years). This is one bill that appears to have united Muslim and Christian leaders, with… Read more »

Report: 3 gay men stripped, beaten by Nigerian mob

Report: Three Nigerian men accused of homosexuality, seized, stripped, beaten by mob — now missing A mob reportedly seized, stripped and beat three accused homosexuals in northern Nigeria on Jan. 14. Their current condition and whereabouts are unknown. “Only the perpetrators and the community can tell the whole world what has become of these men… Read more »

With Uganda arrests, at least 13 in jail for being gay

In Cameroon, Jonas Singa Kumie and Franky Djome are appealing their five-year sentence for homosexual activity. Here they pose with their attorney, Alice Nkom. (Photo by Eric O. Lembembe) Arrests of two gay-rights workers this week in Uganda bring to at least 13 the number of people worldwide who are currently imprisoned on charges of… Read more »

Nigeria: Interview With A Gay, HIV Positive Nigerian Activist

As the international community came together on Dec. 1 to celebrate World AIDS Day, a new report from UNAIDS reveals that while significant progress has been made in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS, stigmatisation, violence and discrimination against members of the gay community continue relentlessly. Michael Ighodaro, a gay rights activist recently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, is… Read more »

Nigeria’s president urged to reject ‘jail the gays’ bill

Activists pressure President Goodluck Jonathan not to approve law which jails all gay people and anyone who fails to report a homosexual to the authorities Activists are calling on human rights supporters to pressure Nigeria’s president to reject a ‘jail the gays’ law. The bill would see people jailed for being gay and even imprisoned… Read more »

Gay Nigerian, Ugandan Named Most Influential

Two African activists, one Nigerian, the other Ugandan have been named as the most influential in a yearly poll released Sunday. Nigerian gay activist, Bisi Alimi made it to the Independent on Sunday’s (IoS) Pink List 2012 of the most influential persons in Britain at number 90 while Ugandan Frank Mugisha was featured in the… Read more »

Bisi Alimi Talks To Elnathan

In the second interview of the series, Bisi Alimi, a prolific human rights campaigner talks to Elnathan about his life and work. He started his advocacy work at the height of the HIV epidemic within the Nigerian MSM community in the late 90s. He worked as Program Director for the country’s foremost MSM organization “The… Read more »