‘It messed me up big time’: Nigerian youth shares homophobic experiences

Openly gay Nigerian student Matthew Blaise has shared some of his personal homophobic experiences while in school.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


Matthew Blaise. Photo Source: Facebook

By Mike Daemon

The undergraduate student went on Twitter to share about 5 cases of homophobic assaults and harassments he has experienced living openly as gay in Nigeria.

Homophobic attacks are common in the country. Every day, the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, (LGBT) people are violated by state and non-state actors. Perpetrators enjoy impunity because the law doesn’t protect LGBTIQ+ people.

Religion and ignorance about LGBTI issues are the leading cause of homophobia in Nigeria.

Frustrated with his situation, Blaise who has suffered multiple human rights violations and a victim of several hate crimes says he is now struggling with his mental health.

“Everything that happened to me messed me up big time, I won’t lie. I still haven’t recovered from any of them. I now deal with a complicated paranoia and anxiety. I’m not in a good place mentally at all. Much has happened, I have passed them but I know many will still come” he tweeted.

Read his tweets below.

 

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    Raphael 2 weeks

    I can’t imagine what it would feel like in his shoes. But I understand the humiliation one go through by just being effeminate. I experienced similar bullying while I was in all boys boarding school. My fear of being threatened and/of attacked is why I haven’t come out yet.

    God help us all!

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    Jonathan 2 weeks

    So sad to hear, yet very courageous to hold your ground as possible (exposing the behavior, etc.)
    I wonder about the lecturer though…does the institution offer no protection about abuse in the classroom? Here, that would not fly and they would be sanctioned about that behavior, even if result was reassigning the student to another classroom.

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    Hmm you are really a courageous person…keep up the good work, one day all will be history.

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