Today, the 1st of February, marks my twenty years of being a lesbian. No, it’s not what you think. I wasn’t coerced into it. I was born that way.
You might not believe it but the last time I tried being intimate with a man, I almost died.
Mum used to be against who I truly am, however, she let me be after that near death experience. I am writing this because it is high time Africans (Nigerians) accepted me too.
I came out to discover that my society hated me. They look at me with disgust and call me silly names. I even read it’s punishable by death in some countries.
It made me hide my true identity to please. I couldn’t do with my girlfriend, what other you did with yours. It hurt – the rejection, feeling like an outcast.
This post is just to tell you, I won’t do that anymore.
I will stop trying to please people who have refused to tackle the real problems of their country. Hear me Nigeria, QUEER IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM, CORRUPTION IS.
The most annoying is G-boys, ritualists, thieves, prostitutes, even wicked stepmothers and evil uncles and aunties condemn us.
Henceforth, I will walk around the streets, holding tight, my girlfriend’s hand, just like you do with your relationship mates. I will kiss her in the cinema. I will scatter our pictures on social media till it reaches the ends of the earth. Fuck what the homophobics have to say about it. Let it pepper them.
You go crazy about racial discrimination. You hate it when whites treat you like shit. The feminists advocate for women rights. How about gay rights?
It’s high time you left my kind alone and go solve the real problems of your country. In which country does the executive tactlessly interfere with the judiciary? See the reigning suspension of the Chief Justice case. Even the judiciary, the lady justicia has gone on trial.
I don’t care the negativism you react to this post with. I am as angry as you are.
On October 8, 2016, two alleged lesbians were burned to death in Markurdi. Not to talk of the other jungle justices we have been receiving.
You homophobic that claim to read a lot, have you read Jude Idibia’s Walking With Shadows, Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Tree, Unoma Azuah’s Blessed Body, Olumide Popoola’s When We Speak of Nothing, Chike Edozien’s Lives of Great Men (2017)?
No, you’ve not. You know nothing about us, but you keep persecuting us. Read them, maybe you would understand us.
Stop making us run to foreign countries just to be free to live as we are. Cure your corruption and let my kind live peacefully in their country.
Let me leave you to still condemn this post. Until next time.
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