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Iyabo Abade, Intersex Nigerian Athlete Needs Money To Complete Sex Change Surgery In America

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Feb 5, 2016 – Pictures: Iyabo Abade Nigerian Woman Who Changed Her Sex Into Man, James Johnson Grants 1st 2016 Interview

  • Hermaphrodite Nigerian Athletes, Ex-Super Falcons Star Iyabo Abade Broke, Needs Money To Complete Sex Change Surgery In America
  • Kaduna State Governor El Rufai Funded My Sex Change Surgery…..

See excerpts from Iyabo Abade’s recent interview with City People’s Sports Reporter Femi Fabunmi

What was the feeling like playing for the super Falcons?

It was a very good feeling, I enjoyed my time playing for Falcons. In fact I was on the verge of being one of the greatest player for Nigeria then, but due to my predicament and the issues that I faced I couldn’t really explore fully my potentials. It is very painful as I had a lot to offer, but my predicament stood in my way.

As a former Falcons player, did you experience any form of discrimination?

Very well, I was discriminated against on my occasions, especially when it was established that I was a Hermaphrodite some started ganging up against me, some didn’t even want me to play football at all.

Basically, it was a big problem that I battled with, but I tried my best not to be deterred, I overcame the whole issue without allowing it to bother me because I felt I didn’t create myself so I moved on with my life without letting it disturb me.

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Where did you have the surgery?

It was done in California, Los Angeles in the United States of America.

Who funded the surgery?

It was funded by the former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister who is now Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El Rufai, while Alhaji Muhammed Abba Gana, both jointly footed the bills, they were the one who put smile on this face, basically, these two powerful are the ones who are behind my new masculine look.

Why did you opt for the male gender?

Actually I didn’t opt to be a male just because I wanted to be a male, a lot of test were carried out on me home and abroad and it was detected that I have more of the male system than female.

So at that point, I have no choice than to settle with the gender that is appropriate with my body system. More so, the thought of being a father someday runs through my mind every time.

Would you love to play for Super Eagles, if the opportunity present itself?

Seriously it has always been my dreams to don the green white green of this country (Nigeria). But I can’t now due to my predicament I haven’t finished my surgery secondly I don’t think age is on my side anymore.

However, I could become a coach if the money and environment are good enough. I was discriminated against when I tried to get myself a clubside to play for sometimes ago, truth is the moment teams get to know my predicament they will start acting very funny by saying they don’t think I can fit into their team since I have played in the female team before.

How did you take it?

I have to resign to fate, it is very painful though but what can I do. Like I said earlier, age is not really on my side now, maybe if I can lay my hands on coaching I think I will do well.

Do you still train as a Sportsman?

Sure, once a sports man is always a sports man, nowadays I have reduced the way I train because I no longer play professional football. What I do now is just training to keep fit.

How is acceptance like now as a man?

Well, people are beginning to get used to my new look, they now address me as a man, people now call me James Johnson, and this really gladdens my heart.

How did you come about your present name James Johnson?

My family name is Abade and that explains why I bore my old name “Iyabo Abade”. I was bearing Iyabo Abade when I played female soccer, but after the surgery my identity changed and so name has to change too, it will be unwise of me to retain that same name, so I decided to adopt the name James of course you know it is a Biblical name, then I added Johnson to it.

My father of blessed memory was bearing Johnson Abade, so I choose to keep the name alive since he is no more.

Which part of Nigeria is James Johnson from?

I hail from Uvrogbo Village in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State.

What has been your relationship with your former female mates in both club and national team?

Many of my former team mates still welcome me, they don’t discriminate in fact they still see me as part of them. We see ourselves as one big family, we still do many things together even when I am no longer in the group with them.

How much do you need to do the final surgery?

I still need about N12 million naira my doctor says I have to stay in America for a year, so that he can monitor me for 12 months. Actually, since I have to be there for close monitoring for about 12 months part of the money will be used for feeding, accommodation and other needs.

How is the relationship like now between you and the opposite sex?

Truth is I am loved by women, there is no doubt about that. Many ladies want to be around me, I think they share and understand my plight, that explains the love from them.

Would you float a foundation someday to help people who have found themselves is similar situation

Yes that has always been my dreams and aspirations, I really want to be of help to people in similar situation. I was in the same situation I know how it feels to be stigmatised against.

My prayers right now is to have the means later in the future to be able to float a foundation that will help correct this abnormally in some humans.

When you had the surgery, was it easy adapting to a new gender

No, it was a big task for me in the beginning adjusting to a new system altogether. I had to change everything about my former self, my dress mode, attitude and even ways of life, “my brother you too try to imagine it, you will realise what I went through”. But all I can say right now is to thank God, I have now adjusted and accepted my fate.

What are the things you miss now that you are a man?

Seriously, I can’t say I am missing anything, I opted to be a man because God wanted it to be so, otherwise he wouldn’t have allowed the male hormones to overshadow the female hormones. I am not regretting the step I took, because it is actually the right step.

Do you have a girlfriend?

I have someone very close to my heart, she stays in America, in fact we have been very close friends before my surgery. So between both of us anything can happen, but I have to complete my surgery before I can even think of having sex with a woman.

Which capacity would you like to serve Nigeria now?

I want to become a coach, I want to impart football knowledge whether male or female. I am available to coach anyside in any age grade, I call it giving back what I have learnt over time.

Have you called the attention of the government?

I was invited by the former first lady Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan to Aso Rock in Abuja during their tenure, the ex-President started to show concern on my matter towards the tail end of their first term in office but since they weren’t re-elected back into office my file has been left unattended to.

What effort have you made to reach this present government?

I am working on reaching them, in fact, this interview is another avenue to reach them. The truth is we know how things work here, one has to meet up with the protocols and processes involved.

What about your own state government?

I have tried to get in contact with the government in my state. The immediate past governor of Delta State Emmanuel Uduaghan promised to help foot the bill for my final surgery, ever since I have been waiting yet nothing happened, then I decided to write a letter of reminder but it wasn’t treated because election was coming up at that time.

I have been speaking with the current governor, Ifeanyi Ikowa and he told me that he is still re-assessing my file but till date nothing has happened. I really want the Ministry of Health in Delta State to also come to my aid, they should come to the rescue of one of their own.

[By City People]



  1. Jilo

    February 5, 2016 at 3:05 AM

    Mr. Johnson, I quite understand that your situation as an hermaphrodites has caused you to make a decision whether you want to live as a man or as a woman. My advise for you is to stay put in America especially in California where transgender people will appreciate you more. You will never be accepted in this society with your condition. Since you decide to live as a man make sure you live as a man don’t go both ways.

  2. Jojo

    February 5, 2016 at 3:23 AM

    So it is actually true that somebody can be born with both female and male organs. I really feel for you but God will see you through.

  3. D Hunter

    February 5, 2016 at 5:43 AM

    Y nt just remain d way God made u 2 b by d way? Ohoo, u wnt 2 correct God, abi? Wat abt ppl who were born w/t dia cmplte body parts? Did they kill demslvs?

    Anoda mistk u can eva mk again is 2 approach sb lk PMB wt dis kind of mata. Den u‘ll realize dat we ar nw govern by a system called CHANGE.
    Just remain whr u ar n b hapi.

  4. Chika A

    February 5, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    May Yahweh help you to get did the right thing for you can not be both male and female at a did not asked to be created that way.yahweh will see through keep on asking Him to go and touch the heart of our rich people in Nigeria so that they will have pride in helping the needy and poor .johnson,you are blessed for knowing that Yahweh loves you,and that you are like one of His hand maids.

  5. Ade

    February 5, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    God will help you

  6. Amazon

    February 5, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    I pray God should send u a helper

  7. Metu Nyetu

    February 5, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    I heard about this man some ten years before now. But the details were sketchy. I beliv she/he was still playing for the Falcons then.

    I congratulate him for this successful surgery, even though it has not been completed. The former First Lady must not remain in office for her to sponsor the completion of his surgery. She has the wherewithal to do it over and over again. I hope she gets to finish what she started.

    As for his choice of sex, I would have equaly settled for the male gender if I were in his shoes. But God forbid my wearing those shoes. they are too big. I keep wondering how he managed to adjust into his new status. Nawa o. I wish him the best all the same!

  8. sola olaniyi

    February 5, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    God help you..

  9. chyna

    February 5, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Heya I feel so sorry for him he never asked for all this but don’t worry u will be ok

  10. John Emeka

    February 5, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    It shall be well Johnson

  11. Queen bee

    February 5, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    may God help you

  12. Ms ERANKO

    February 5, 2016 at 10:01 AM



    • James johnson

      July 28, 2016 at 11:43 AM

      Thanks MA I appreciate all u ve said GOD bless u NA. James Johnson.

  13. Olanrewaju

    February 5, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    The lord is your strength

  14. fairjudge

    February 5, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    OHH i feel for him make God Amighty meet you at the point of your needs.Help is on the way Amen

  15. Stargurl

    February 5, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    It shall be well Mr. Johnson

  16. Stargurl

    February 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    It shall be well

  17. Ama

    February 5, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Watched the guys surgery live on Dr 90210 years back.the lord is ur strength

  18. Ama

    February 5, 2016 at 8:34 PM

    Watched the guys surgery live on Dr 90210 years back.the lord is ur strength

  19. Ama

    February 5, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Watched the guys surgery live on Dr 90210 years back.the lord is ur strength

  20. my lady

    February 6, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    it is well my dear! God will send you help

  21. Maryf

    February 6, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    God Almighty will send you help.

  22. david

    March 11, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    god will help

  23. James johnson

    July 28, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Honestly I just can’t stop to appreciate u all 4d whole love and prayers u ve shown me GOD bless each and everyone of u 4me. Amen.

  24. taytay

    November 6, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    nice one!!!

  25. Suleiman

    November 19, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Please WhatsApp me on 08184528363.I av a message for u. Cheers

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