The media has published a video, claiming that it shows Chidinma Okeke, winner of the Anambra 2015 beauty pageant, engaging in lesbian sex acts with another woman.
The different media platforms shamelessly circulating the exploitative video, has continued to relentlessly accuse the Anambra beauty queen and one Ada a fellow model who people say serves as her assistant, despite the fact that she has opened up to say that she is not the one in the video.
Below is her response refuting the allegations.
“My attention has been drawn to a concocted photograph/ video being circulated in the social media wherein my face was superimposed on an existing picture of persons engaging amorous conduct through the art of photo shopping.
“This act is perpetrated by hoodlums who are out to blackmail me or tarnish my image and promising career by presenting me in bad light. I wish to say that the said image is certainly not mine by any stretch of imagination.
“I am a highly responsible person who was brought up in a family with impeccable reputation. I can therefore not subscribe to such act how much more engage in same.
“Meanwhile, I have referred the matter to my lawyer for possible prosecution of the culprits and civil claim. Please be advised to discountenance the said photograph/ video and regard it as the handiwork of detractors. Thank you.” She wrote.
If she is actually the one in the video, then whoever is responsible for leaking out the video online, included with the media outlet that first published the video, has violated her rights to privacy, as accorded by the Nigerian constitution under section 37 which states. “The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.
A human rights activist who works with an NGO in Nigeria, kicked against the media’s position on the matter, and confirmed that it was truly a violation of Chidinma’s right to privacy by saying “This is an infringement of her rights to privacy. I also think this is not a positive development for public decency for the news paper to publish those explicit photos. Don’t these platforms have regulations and ethics?
But the damage has been done, especially as a large number of Nigerians in ignorance, are still of the opinion that homosexuality is bad or immoral.
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Sadly, homosexuality is frowned upon by many in the country, and individuals who are found guilty by a court, could spend up to 14 years in jail.
More awareness and education is needed to inform and educate people on the true nature of what it means to be gay.