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7 Nigerian celebrities who are pro-LGBT and have spoken out

In Nigeria, homosexuality is considered a taboo subject, and so, not very many people are comfortable with talking positively about it.

From top left: Falz, Tonto Dikeh, M.I, Alex Ekubo, Kiss Daniel, Charly Boy, Ashionye Michelle.

By Mike Daemon

However, quite a few influential Nigerians such as celebrities have spoken out in the past in support of LGBTIQ+ equality, and urging the general public to reject the negative stereotypes and myths about homosexuality.

7 of those celebrities have been listed below.

1. Falz
Nigerian musician Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz, earlier this year, released a song with a pro-LGBT message. In the song, ‘hypocrite’ he urged everyone to stop their judgmental and hypocritical attitudes toward people including LGBTI+ people.

2. Tonto Dikeh
Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh, has expressed her support for LGBT people a few times. At one point, she stood in support of gay American actor Jussie Smollet, after he was allegedly attacked because of his sexual orientation. She also blasted some Nigerian anti-gay protesters a few months ago.

3. M.I Abaga
Hip-hop sensation and rapper Jude Abaga, popularly known as M.I has spoken in the past condemning the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act [SSMPA]. He made it clear that there is nothing absolutely wrong with being gay or lesbian and so, therefore, LGBT persons have the right to be themselves and live freely.

4. Alex Ekubo
Quite recently Nollywood actor Alex Ekubo wrote an open letter to his fans, in the latter, he asked Nigerians to let gay people exist in peace and advised them to ‘stop the name-calling’.

5. Kiss Daniel
In 2015, Kiss Daniel tweeted to declare his approval of same-sex marriage after it was legalized in the United States. In his tweet, he acknowledged that ‘love is love’.

6. Charly Boy
Controversial musician, entertainer, and human rights activist Charles Oputa popularly known as Charly Boy has been very vocal about his support for LGBTI+ people in Nigeria. In 2017, Charly Boy declared that he has ‘chosen to fight for the rights of gays and lesbians’.

7. Ashionye Michelle Riccah
A few days ago, Nollywood actress Ashionye Michelle, has come all out to let people know that homosexuality is not unnatural as many people think. She advised people to see gay people like everyone else.

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    Vintage 4 years

    We need more voices. It’s ridiculous that we have to speak up or act out for adults to be able to comprehend love. Homophobia shouldn’t even exist, much less a law that makes us criminals

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    Henry 4 years

    Thank you all for your support 

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    I’m not too sure about Falz though. He may simply be talking against mistreatments and hypocritical behaviours of religious people towards the LGBT+ community.

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    Peace 4 years

    I believe very soon we all will get there and be free from hermophobic act

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      Electra Joels 3 years

      Any news for Nigerian trans people??

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    Emma 4 years

    I also pray that it will soon end some day,and I will be free

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    Dav 4 years

    Cant even understand Nigeria anymore pls i need a gay hookup. So serious plss ama hide no more. Feel free ro leave a Dm on my FB contact:Dav Dickson

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    Victory Gabriel 4 years


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    Jeremy 4 years

    I am gay and am ready to come out and show myself regardless of what will be my fate all I need is support

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    Oke 3 years

    Yes o am tired of hiding ??

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    tafadzwamashungupa 3 years

    Apart from people minding their own fuckn damn business they are busy attacking members of LGBTIQ community but what they don’t know is we exist and none can stop us from being who we are my fellow brothers and sisters of the rainbow community let’s stand with one voice and put an end to these homophobes attacks

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      Igbo 3 years

      Sylvester dam me on my facebook@ Bambidaking

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    Yeah oh they should allow us show and express our love to sane sex hiding it and taken away our right won’t stop the gay practice in the country.

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    Jerry Valencia 3 years

    Been gay is not a crime but in Nigeria it has become a serious crime that Leads to jail; we should stop decriminating Gay and besides everyone has his or her own life to live, please my rainbow community members let’s work together and ends Descrimination.Am Jerry Valencia studying Law in University

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    King 3 years

    Being a Nigerian myself two guys dare not hold hands. “Wasted sperm”. That is the highest insult you’ll get for being spotted as a gay person. I’m not ready to come out right now coz I dont wanna go to jail and be homeless
    I’ll work my ass off and be successful and live freely in a more accepting country. I’ve lost hope in Nigerians

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    Victor 2 years

    God help us

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    Victoria 2 years

    God help us

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    Frank Dominic 2 years

    Am going to a country that am very free

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    Aderemi Oluremi 1 year

    Am happy we are doing something about it.. live and let others live

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