Nigerian Career Coach exposes society’s hypocrisy towards feminine men
An insightful commentary by a Nigerian coach has cast a spotlight on the inherent hypocrisy within Nigerian culture when it comes to embracing traits traditionally associated with femininity in men.
By NoStringsNG Contributor
The catalyst for this discussion was a post on X by renowned Nollywood actor, Editi Effiong.
Effiong had shared a birthday tribute to Ezra Olubi, the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Paystack, featuring a video of the actor dancing with the tech expert.
See the tweet below.
First let me start by saying I love Ezra so much .
That being said , it is unfair how Nigerians treat effeminate men WITHOUT MONEY.
If fem boys are treated with half the respect Ezra gets , they wouldn’t amount to 19.3% of overall suicide rate.
We need to show love to people… https://t.co/FoSOIlJwJK
— OLABODE Ifeanyi (@olabode_ifeanyi) November 12, 2023
Ezra, known for his effeminate demeanor and advocacy for LGBTIQ+ rights, has faced criticism and trolling for deviating from societal gender norms.
The Nigerian career coach, responding to the post, expressed his affection for Ezra but posited that the public’s admiration for the tech expert was primarily tied to his wealth and fame.
He contended that if society extended the same love and respect to all effeminate men, regardless of their financial status, the alarming suicide rates among this demographic would likely decline. This perspective implies a societal tendency to embrace anything or anyone associated with wealth.
This phenomenon isn’t confined to Nigeria; it echoes in various societies, even those with stringent anti-LGBT laws. Notably, many Nigerian celebrities, despite expressing homophobia domestically, have collaborated with openly gay rich celebrities abroad. This underscores the influence of affluence in shaping societal acceptance.
The public reception of rich trans, cross-dressers, and effeminate celebrities such as Bobrisky, Ezra Olubi, Enioluwa Adeoluwa, Denrele Edun, and Michael Uba further illustrates this point. These personalities have amassed substantial followings on social media and secured numerous endorsement deals from both local and international entities.
Conversely, the scenario is bleak for economically disadvantaged effeminate men and gender-diverse individuals who endure discrimination and violence in Nigeria. The prevailing perception in Nigeria and many parts of the world associates effeminacy with homosexuality, perpetuating discrimination. It’s crucial to recognize that not all effeminate men are gay, and effeminacy does not diminish an individual’s worth or make them less authentic.
While it might seem that wealthy and famous feminine and gay individuals enjoy a secure and comfortable life, this assumption is misleading. Wealth and fame offer only a temporary and superficial solution. The stark reality persists: true freedom remains elusive until everyone enjoys it without exception.Have something to share? Ready to tell your story? Contact us.