In a homophobic and dogmatic country such as Nigeria, it isn’t every day that you see individuals coming out to support the LGBTQ community. Doing that could mean harming your career as a person or being an object of public ridicule.
Nevertheless, some unique Nigerian celebrities have stood out and have openly shown their immense support to the LGBTQ community, not minding if it harms their career or not. They are called our brave allies.
So, here are top Nigerian celebrities who are open allies to the community.
1. Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie
This amazing writer has publically spoken against the anti-gay bill, which bans same-sex marriage in Nigeria. When respected personalities such as her come out to speak against this evil legislation, things are bound to turn around for the good of the LGBTQ community.
2. Tonto Dike
This veteran actress never ceases to shower her support to the rainbow community. This she does through her supportive comments on twitter and Instagram. During the Jussie Smollet attack, she openly stood against such homophobia and ended with the hashtag, #SAYNOTOHOMOPHOBIA. Her friendship with Bobrisky, a popular crossdresser goes further to prove her undying love for the LGBTQ community.
3. Charly Boy
It is not a rumour that our area father is an open supporter of the LGBTQ community. Early in the days, during the Denrele spotlight as a crossdresser, both have been seen on numerous occasions kissing on screen. Earlier last year, his daughter came out as a lesbian, and he has been very supportive in her relationship.
4. Alex Ekubo
This well-known model and actor have been numerously accused of being gay, in which he has always disapproved. Whether he is a gay living in the closet or not, the fact remains that he is supportive of the LGBTQ community. This was made evident in his open letter on New Year’s day when he preached for tolerance and respect, especially as it regards to the LGBTQ community.
Bobrisky is a well-known internet personality and entrepreneur. In a country with zero tolerance to the LGBTQ community, he has stood his ground to fight off bullies. He has gone further to change his pronouns to she/her. Although he is yet to come out as a transgender person, his visibility has given Nigerian LGBTQ communities hope of a better Nigeria.
In a homophobic and religious country such as Nigeria, it takes courage to stand up in support of the rainbow community. Many of our dear celebrities are either gays, lesbians, bisexuals, etc. But because of fear of the society, or being hated by fans, they have remained in the closet. Not only are they hiding, but they also try to be homophobic in other to feel secure and safe from fans revolutions. Nevertheless, understanding that one’s happiness is above all is the beginning of enlightenment.
Do you know a Nigerian celebrity that is an open supporter of the community? Use the comment box!