Homosexuality In Nigeria Today: Nigerian Homosexuals Vs Culture War

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Dec 21st, 2012 – Homosexuality in Nigeria Today: Nigerian Homosexuals Vs Culture War

Homosexuality in Nigeria (and the world) has always been an ugly topic to explore.

Engaging in such topic can be compared to the man who decided to preach The Word to a hungry lion at the University of Ibadan zoo some years ago; he was torn apart. To prevent this, the writer will like to state that this article is not to prove whether or not homosexuality is right or wrong, but rather to establish an understanding of the social and biological theories surrounding homosexuality and how this can be related to the Nigerian context.

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Most scholars argue that “people express gender beliefs, their own and those of the culture in which they live, in everyday language as they either indirectly or explicitly accept and assign gendered meanings to what they and others do, think, and feel.” In other words, homosexuality can be influenced by the norms and beliefs in a particular society. Based on the above argument, one may argue that homosexuality cannot be a Nigerian thing. After all, our culture promotes “appropriate” gender beliefs, which supports the union of a man and a woman.

That said it would be insane or absolutely hypocritical to assume that there are no homosexuals in our country and raises the following questions: Can a Nigerian be born gay? Does the Nigerian culture promote same sex marriage?

Is it a crime for an individual to choose their sex partner(s)?

Whether we want to accept it or not, these Nigerian gays and lesbians are, first of all, humans which mean they have the right to make personal choices. Pointing judging fingers would not change their orientation or correct their “abnormality”.

Psychiatrists have placed their “abnormalities” into three categories:

First, theories of normal variation treat homosexuality as a phenomenon that occurs naturally. Such theories typically regard homosexual individuals as born different, but it is a natural difference, like left-handedness. The contemporary cultural beliefs that people are ‘‘born gay’’.

Second, theories of pathology regard adult homosexuality as a disease, a condition that deviates from ‘‘normal,’’ heterosexual development. A typical gender behavior or feelings are symptoms of a ‘‘disease’’ to which mental health professionals need to attend. These theories hold that some internal defect or external pathogenic agent causes homosexuality and that such events can occur pre- or post-natally (intrauterine hormonal exposure, excessive mothering, inadequate or hostile fathering, sexual abuse).

And the third, theories of immaturity regard expressions of homosexual feelings or behavior at a young age as a normal step toward adult heterosexuality. Ideally, homosexuality is a passing phase that one outgrows. However, as a ‘‘developmental arrest,’’ adult homosexuality is equated with stunted growth.

The above theories can give us an umbrella where we can place these “unwanted elements” as described by many Nigerians. But these are mere theories that cannot help us change the stigma faced by these special beings. There have been cases where some men have been lynched, some women have been ostracized and others have committed suicide as they could not understand why the society would treat them with disregard.
What theory fits the discriminations they face every day? Is it safe to say that some weren’t born equal or that some simply feel right and godly?

In a country where religion has imprisoned the mental mind of the majority, logic cannot be applied in handling such critical issues. As a matter of fact, pastors and the some illogical heterosexuals use the Sodom and Gomorrah story as the basis for their discrimination. “Kill them, simple!” a Nigerian pastor once screamed during an interview. Before we kill them, have we asked the right questions?

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) confirmed in Toonen v. Australia that laws criminalizing consensual same-sex activity violate both the right to privacy and the right to equality before the law without any discrimination. Contrary to this, House Majority leader of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Mulikat Adeola-Akande, argued that, “It [homosexuality] is alien to our society and culture and it must not be imported. Religion abhors it and our culture has no place for it.”

Is it safe to conclude, therefore, that our culture promotes inequality? Before the next man or woman is killed, arrested or discriminated against, ask yourself this question: what would you do if you were related (by blood) to this type of human? Kill him or her?

About the author: Michael Irene, Anglia Ruskin University,Cambridge, Email: moshoke@yahoo.com

20 thoughts on “Homosexuality In Nigeria Today: Nigerian Homosexuals Vs Culture War

  1. I will tell him to change there is nothing psychiatric there it is mere sexual perversion ,why is it. That America. Does not allowed polygamy,is it not the right of individual to marry the number of wife you want?homosexuality is purely bad habbit that most acquired from school s eg those that went to girls only or boys only and the inmates in prison custody .just like every habbit it can be overcome .stop given them reasons to continue in this ungodly ,unholy,uncuture unculture act.Africa culture abhor it God forbids it.

  2. These Nigerians Homo-Men and Lesbians didn’t learn any good things that full in America or Europe where they were, but to learn how to do shit there. I fully supported Henry, because white people always saying that we Africans were marrying several wives. why is it that they didn’t allowed Polygamy in their Countries too. God made Man and Woman to be together and not man and man, if you go to the internet you will see where a man is s***ing a man’s p***s, may God have mercy on them, because they no not what they are doing. In fact if you ask me I will say that the world has come to an end. Abomination!!! Please God, do not allow Homosexual and Lesbian in my Holy Country Nigeria in the Mighty Name of Jesus Amen!.

  3. What you are doing is ungodly,animalistic and evil which the law of Nigeria and God hate with perfect hatred it is illegal for you to practice homosexual in Nigeria that is the law and that is it,you cant change it.You can remain wherever the law allows you to be homosexual and lesbian as for Nigeria FORGET IT

  4. It is high time Nigeria set example to the rest of the world. Homosexual is tatamount to Killing by hanging. Nigeria is Nigeria and not Britain or Canada USA alikes.

  5. This devilsh, it is demonic, they will never succeed in Jesus name. Amen. May God put confusion in there mist as they gather to fight for their “so called rights” Pls tell those gays and lesbians that all religions, families, tribes, tongues, people and every thing created by God in this nation will fight agaist them. All they needs is Jesus.

  6. Huum u ppo want z come n ruin this gods own country abi. Well we all have our own sin but don’t allow urs go this far. Remember there is life after death. Think of ur soul when u die n go close to d bible study n practise it may god save ur souls

  7. Huum u ppo want z come n ruin this gods own country abi. Well we all have our own sin but don’t allow urs go this far. Remember there is life after death. Think of ur soul when u die. n go close to d bible study n practise it. may god save ur souls.

  8. I’m nt criticizing anybody bt check it even in animal kingdom, have u ever seen a male goat chasing a male goat for wot? Pls gays shld pls recheck dis

  9. Look before u leap..I’m fully not in support and reject them from my country nigeria in jesus name..this act is evil..may God come to our rescue.

  10. MAY God punish anybody that want to bring homosexuality and lesbian in our country Nigeria…they will all go to hell .. heaven is real and hell fire is real,, May God save their soul…

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