OUT IN AFRICA (PART FOUR): Young queer filmmakers in Nigeria celebrate their ‘joy, resilience and power’ despite the country’s harsh anti-queer laws

ARCHIVES: OUT IN AFRICA (PART FOUR): Young queer filmmakers in Nigeria celebrate their ‘joy, resilience and power’ despite the country’s harsh anti-queer laws

2022-01-25 04:02:00 AM

ARCHIVES: OUT IN AFRICA (PART FOUR): Young queer filmmakers in Nigeria celebrate their ‘joy, resilience and power’ despite the country’s harsh anti-queer laws

A series of four articles examine issues of policy, laws, rights, culture, popular culture, language, stigma, crimes, discrimination and individual experience of the queer community in four African countries.

Wapah Ezeigwe is the film’s director. Ezeigwe, who identifies as non-binary, says finding actors to portray the lead roles was a struggle.The country’s Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act carries with it sentences of up 14 years imprisonment for those found guilty of consensual same-sex sexual relations.

The Act imposes a 10-year prison sentence on anyone who “registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisation” or “supports” the activities of such organisations.“In 2015, 90% of respondents surveyed supported the law, but in 2019 about 75% support it. This shows a significant 15% drop in four years. While most Nigerians still view LGBT rights negatively, the public seems to be moving towards a higher level of acceptance and tolerance,” said the report.

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