Tuesday, 2 April 2013

SAGBA: The Struggle Of LGBT Nigerians - A Video - Two Stories

Documentary producer Teju Oluokun contacted me recently about a documentary she made highlighting the oppression of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Nigeria. We are in the process of putting an interview together to be posted here soon. In the meantime, please watch the video.

In 2011, the Nigerian Senate passed the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill. If the bill is passed by the House Of Representatives, it will be illegal for Nigerian LGBT people to congregate in clubs, and form organisations or societies. Entering into a same sex relationship or marriage will be punishable by up to a maximum of 14 years in prison, and up to 10 years in prison for those that support LGBT people and LGBT activities.

Human rights activist - Bisi Alimi, and Founder of OutTales - Ade Adeniji share their stories of being gay and Nigerian and how they learnt to navigate issues of family, religion and politics while being part of country that is hostile to them.

According to activist Bisi Alimi, the Nigerian LGBT community chose 'Sagba' (a Yoruba word)  in preference to the word 'gay', to identify themselves and their struggle. 'Sagba' means struggle. It is a daily struggle to be who they are, to remain true to who they are.

Interview with Teju Oluokun to follow. Soon.