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Is There Something Special About The Number 14?

The-Gobarau-minaret2Katsina (a state in northern Nigeria and home to the Gobaru minaret) has decided to bypass the Nigerian federal government and enact a new law which criminalizes homosexuality with a 14 year jail term since the current sentence was too “light”. Note that Katsina already has Sharia law in place which punishes homosexual acts with a death sentence. I was quite surprised to find that Sharia law was introduced in that state by the governor at the time – the late President Yar’Adua, who died in office in 2010 and was well-liked by most Nigerian citizens. He is so far the only Nigerian presidential candidate to publicly declare his assets prior to an election. Part of new laws that were enacted in this 14 year jail term bundle include law against sexual harassment which is apparently common in universities as well as “gross indecency upon another person”.

I didn’t even know state governments could enact such laws outside of the federal authority but I have learned something today. Why consensual behaviour between two adults who know what they are doing should be punished in many African countries still angers and saddens me. As for the sexual harassment law, I’m glad a government has found it important to tackle it because it is known that many female university students are under pressure to grant sexual favours to lecturers and sexual harassment does continue in the workplace, I’m not sure a 14 year-jail sentence is the right way to solve this problem especially the legal system isn’t known for its fairness and transparency and the accused is almost always far more powerful than the accuser.

Maybe it’s time gay men and women in Nigeria began to speak up. Who knows which state will be next?


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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Politik


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Sometimes Hell on Earth Costs Less Than A Box of Condoms

photo credit: Zanele Muholi

photo credit: Zanele Muholi

Free Gender, an LGBT rights group in Cape Town, South Africa organised a march this past weekend demanding justice for lesbian soccer-player Millicent Gaika who was brutally raped and tortured during a horrifying five-hour period of extreme agony and pain – this, in one of the only countries in Africa in which being gay is legal. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Politik, The Business of Living, Uncategorized


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Cashing In On The “Homosexual Agenda”

I’m a calm person and not particularly given to rants (okay that may not be totally true). I also see myself as a (mostly) generous person and try to invest time and effort into helping others and give some financial help, however little, when  I cannot do more. It drives me insane when I realize that in trying to help someone or a cause, I have been taken advantage of or deceived. Enter the case of two young activists to whose cause I gave a donation so that they could work with some NGOs on LGBT rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on October 14, 2012 in Mind, Body and Soul


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