Female to Female Relationships: Legal only in some areas
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
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Have you changed government documents in NIGERIA concerning your gender identity? How easy was the process?
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I changed official documents, but with much stress
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20/02/2014 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
I will call him Sochukwuma. A thin, smiling boy who liked to play with us girls at the university primary school in Nsukka. We were young. We knew he was different, we said, ‘he’s not like the other boys.’ But his was a benign and unquestioned difference; it was simply what it was. We did not have a name for him. We did not know the word ‘gay.’ He was Sochukwuma and he was friendly and he played oga so well that his side always won. >>>
06/02/2014 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Following Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s signing of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in January, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) joined with the Initiative for Equal Rights (TIER) and the International Center on Advocacy for the Right to Health (ICARH) to issue a series of recommendations for key actions to be taken by global HIV donors, including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund. >>>
01/02/2014 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Two Islamic courts in Bauchi, northern Nigeria have been forced to suspend the trials of 10 men accused of homosexuality because of fears of mob violence, judges and officials have said.
An angry crowd last week pelted stones at seven men suspected of breaking Islamic law banning homosexuality after their hearing was adjourned at the Unguwar Jaki Upper Sharia Court in Bauchi. >>>
01/02/2014 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
[BREAKING NEWS: Davis Mac-Iyalla reports that both the archbishops of Canterbury and York have now spoken out about Nigeria's harsh new anti-gay law. See update.]
Nigeria native and gay rights activist Davis Mac-Iyalla cares deeply about the silence of leaders of the Anglican Communion about Nigeria’s crackdown on LGBT people and its harsh new anti-gay law. He feels abandoned, as he explains in his commentary below. >>>
22/12/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
A bill that would effectively criminalize LGBT advocacy and outlaw same-sex marriage cleared one of its final hurdles on Tuesday, when the Nigerian Senate passed a compromise bill negotiated with the House of Representatives. >>>
20/10/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Gay Star News reports a new instance of Nigerian church leaders making ridiculous claims about same-sex marriage as part of a campaign to crack down harder on LGBT people, who already suffer from the nation’s intense homophobia:
"An Anglican bishop in Nigeria has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to sign the ‘Jail all the Gays Bill’ before gay marriage makes the world end." >>>
08/10/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Two young men were arraigned Oct. 1 in Osogbo, Nigeria, on charges of homosexual activity and released on bail pending trial.
The “suspected homosexuals,” as they were described in AllAfrica and Africa Spotlight, are the defendants Samuel Friday, 19, and Oni Oluwatobi, 18, who pleaded not guilty. >>>
13/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
It’s now nearly nine years since Bisi Alimi made the decision to come out as gay on national Nigerian television. He hasn't stopped fighting since. Bisi Alimi had trouble getting people to come and talk to me: “When I sent a text about this interview people asked if you’d have a camera or would take their names. Still people wouldn’t turn up. Most of these people are miles from home but you can feel the impact on their lives, even in a liberal country like the UK.” >>>
12/09/2013 | Pan Africa ILGA Regional Communications
Nigeria’s This Day has published an absurd article about a graduate university student who claims he’s “used science to prove that gay marriage is improper”.
The newspaper reports that University of Lagos post graduate student Chibuihem Amalaha has made “many discoveries and inventions” in science and technology. Now, he’s turning his efforts to the issue of gay marriage. >>>
Davis Mac-Iyalla, a leading African gay activist who had risked prison in his native Nigeria where homosexuality is illegal, finally said “I do”. And he did so with a message of hope for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Africans: “Don’t give up, be proud of who you are.” >>>
Less than five years after Nigeria’s only gay church, House of Rainbow, was attacked by some Lagos residents and consequently closed down in Nigeria, the church has returned to the country with three secret groups. >>>
Opponents of Nigeria’s “Jail the Gays” bill are preparing gifts for that nation’s lawmakers: 1,0000 “advocacy calendars” that display the humanity of Nigerian LGBTs and urge rejection of the country’s anti-gay bill. >>>
Same-sex affection and relationships should be the least of humanity’s headaches. And especially in Africa, it should be the last thing we should concern ourselves with. We have genuine calamities and iniquities and inhumanities to worry about. >>>
Nigeria LGBTIs in Diaspora against Anti Same Sex Laws call on all Nigerians to oppose the Anti Same Sex Marriage bill. If passed, President Goodluck Jonathan must not sign this homophobic bill into law. >>>