Proud and Loud: An Unabashed Generation Of Young Queer Nigerians


If there’s anything Pride month has shown, it’s that in Nigeria and other African countries where same-sex relationships are illegal, there’s still a lot of love blossoming within the LGBTQ community which has majorly kept itself in the dark.

The ability to openly love whomever one chooses is a fundamental human right, a right the government chooses to ignore. It’s ridiculous that it’s a taboo in these regions in 2020, because of this a lot of people suffer constant pain and oppression. 

Fortunately, the LGBTQ community continues to soldier on, despite efforts to be stifled. A viral tweet from openly gay journalist and writer, Vincent Desmond reminded everyone of the resilience of LGBTQ Nigerians. Vincent posted a tweet calling on other queer Nigerians to express themselves in a thread. The tweet has gone viral and has currently amassed over 20000 likes, and replies from queer Nigerians and Africans all over openly showing their pride.

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The thread is a powerful statement to those who think being gay isn’t a ‘Nigerian or African thing.’ A statement that speaks to so many people who may feel alone because of their sexual orientation or gender. It also speaks to queer people in other countries facing the same struggles. And to intolerant people, declaring that the queers have always been here and are here to stay!

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Adedayo Laketu

Adedayo Laketu is a creative inventor who's interested in curating a New Age for Africa across all mediums.

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