Achieving LGBT Freedom in Africa

My friend asked me if I’d participate in a Pride parade if it was held in Nigeria. He’s a fellow Nigerian who has never been abroad but has watched videos of various Prides. I told him I couldn’t imagine Pride in Nigeria without the thought of people dying. In Nigeria, whenever people gather to protest against an act of the government, police officers attack them with tear gas and sometimes shoot at the crowd.

At an early age, watching this happen repeatedly on TV, I learnt that there was no democracy in Nigeria. It has never been the government’s goal to serve the people. Even during the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, some of the protesters, including mothers of the kidnapped girls, were arrested due to claims that they were blaming the government for what happened. So how could Pride in Nigeria ever be successful?

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