Chimamanda Adichie: Why can’t he just be like everyone else?

Posted By on February 18, 2014
Gay men Nigeria

By Chimamanda Adichie

I will call him Sochukwuma. A thin, smiling boy who liked to play with us girls at the university primary school in Nsukka. We were young. We knew he was different, we said, ‘he’s not like the other boys.’ But his was a benign and unquestioned difference; it was simply what it was. We did not have a name for him. We did not know the word ‘gay.’ He was Sochukwuma and he was friendly and he played oga so well that his side always won.

In secondary school, some boys in his class tried to throw Sochukwuma off a second floor balcony. They were strapping teenagers who had learned to notice, and fear, difference. They had a name for him. Homo. They mocked him because his hips swayed when he walked and his hands fluttered when he spoke. He brushed away their taunts, silently, sometimes grinning an uncomfortable grin. He must have wished that he could be what they wanted him to be. I imagine now how helplessly lonely he must have felt. The boys often asked, “Why can’t he just be like everyone else?”

Possible answers to that question include ‘because he is abnormal,’ ‘because he is a sinner, ‘because he chose the lifestyle.’ But the truest answer is ‘We don’t know.’ There is humility and humanity in accepting that there are things we simply don’t know. At the age of 8, Sochukwuma was obviously different.  It was not about sex, because it could not possibly have been – his hormones were of course not yet fully formed – but it was an awareness of himself, and other children’s awareness of him, as different. He could not have ‘chosen the lifestyle’ because he was too young to do so. And why would he – or anybody – choose to be homosexual in a world that makes life so difficult for homosexuals?

The new law that criminalizes homosexuality is popular among Nigerians. But it shows a failure of our democracy, because the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic. The law is also unconstitutional, ambiguous, and a strange priority in a country with so many real problems. Above all else, however, it is unjust. Even if this was not a country of abysmal electricity supply where university graduates are barely literate and people die of easily-treatable causes and Boko Haram commits casual mass murders, this law would still be unjust.  We cannot be a just society unless we are able to accommodate benign difference, accept benign difference, live and let live. We may not understand homosexuality, we may find it personally abhorrent but our response cannot be to criminalize it.

A crime is a crime for a reason. A crime has victims. A crime harms society. On what basis is homosexuality a crime? Adults do no harm to society in how they love and whom they love. This is a law that will not prevent crime, but will, instead, lead to crimes of violence: there are already, in different parts of Nigeria, attacks on people ‘suspected’ of being gay. Ours is a society where men are openly affectionate with one another. Men hold hands. Men hug each other. Shall we now arrest friends who share a hotel room, or who walk side by side? How do we determine the clunky expressions in the law – ‘mutually beneficial,’ ‘directly or indirectly?’

Many Nigerians support the law because they believe the Bible condemns homosexuality. The Bible can be a basis for how we choose to live our personal lives, but it cannot be a basis for the laws we pass, not only because the holy books of different religions do not have equal significance for all Nigerians but also because the holy books are read differently by different people. The Bible, for example, also condemns fornication and adultery and divorce, but they are not crimes.

For supporters of the law, there seems to be something about homosexuality that sets it apart. A sense that it is not ‘normal.’ If we are part of a majority group, we tend to think others in minority groups are abnormal, not because they have done anything wrong, but because we have defined normal to be what we are and since they are not like us, then they are abnormal. Supporters of the law want a certain semblance of human homogeneity. But we cannot legislate into existence a world that does not exist: the truth of our human condition is that we are a diverse, multi-faceted species. The measure of our humanity lies, in part, in how we think of those different from us. We cannot – should not – have empathy only for people who are like us.

Some supporters of the law have asked – what is next, a marriage between a man and a dog?’ Or ‘have you seen animals being gay?’ (Actually, studies show that there is homosexual behavior in many species of animals.) But, quite simply, people are not dogs, and to accept the premise – that a homosexual is comparable to an animal – is inhumane. We cannot reduce the humanity of our fellow men and women because of how and who they love. Some animals eat their own kind, others desert their young. Shall we follow those examples, too?

Other supporters suggest that gay men sexually abuse little boys. But pedophilia and homosexuality are two very different things. There are men who abuse little girls, and women who abuse little boys, and we do not presume that they do it because they are heterosexuals. Child molestation is an ugly crime that is committed by both straight and gay adults (this is why it is a crime: children, by virtue of being non-adults, require protection and are unable to give sexual consent).

There has also been some nationalist posturing among supporters of the law. Homosexuality is ‘unafrican,’ they say, and we will not become like the west. The west is not exactly a homosexual haven; acts of discrimination against homosexuals are not uncommon in the US and Europe. But it is the idea of ‘unafricanness’ that is truly insidious. Sochukwuma was born of Igbo parents and had Igbo grandparents and Igbo great-grandparents. He was born a person who would romantically love other men. Many Nigerians know somebody like him. The boy who behaved like a girl. The girl who behaved like a boy. The effeminate man. The unusual woman. These were people we knew, people like us, born and raised on African soil. How then are they ‘unafrican?’

If anything, it is the passage of the law itself that is ‘unafrican.’ It goes against the values of tolerance and ‘live and let live’ that are part of many African cultures. (In 1970s Igboland, Area Scatter was a popular musician, a man who dressed like a woman, wore makeup, plaited his hair. We don’t know if he was gay – I think he was – but if he performed today, he could conceivably be sentenced to fourteen years in prison. For being who he is.) And it is informed not by a home-grown debate but by a cynically borrowed one: we turned on CNN and heard western countries debating ‘same sex marriage’ and we decided that we, too, would pass a law banning same sex marriage. Where, in Nigeria, whose constitution defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, has any homosexual asked for same-sex marriage?

This is an unjust law. It should be repealed. Throughout history, many inhumane laws have been passed, and have subsequently been repealed. Barack Obama, for example, would not be here today had his parents obeyed American laws that criminalized marriage between blacks and whites.

READ: Eseoghene Ohwojeheri: [Rejoinder] Chimamanda, Are Our Differences Not Enough Already?

READ: Dave Abbah: Why The Nigerian Anti-Gay Law Will Lead To The Rise And Acceptance Of Gay Relations

An acquaintance recently asked me, ‘if you support gays, how would you have been born?’ Of course, there were gay Nigerians when I was conceived. Gay people have existed as long as humans have existed. They have always been a small percentage of the human population. We don’t know why. What matters is this: Sochukwuma is a Nigerian and his existence is not a crime.

- Award winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie, wrote this piece exclusively for The Scoop

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  • http://stephenmatlock.com/ BetweenTwoWorlds

    “The mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic.”

    This line is very, very good – and a reminder of what kind of people we want to be.

    • Harry Underwood

      I’m just wondering why people – of all ethnic backgrounds – are so anxious and ready to murder and destroy other people – people who consensually relate in private spaces – for the sake of nationalistic urges. Killing a gay man, a Jew or an albino won’t bring any empire back, nor will it make any homeland independent, no matter how much one may rage against them.

      The whole urge is just irrational on it’s face.

    • Dice

      I think the line is actually appalling… and show a lack of understanding of subject matter… Democracy… one man, one vote… majority rules.

      • tzeentchling

        Well, there’s a difference. There’s direct democracy, such as was practiced in ancient greece, which in fact was more or less majority rules. The form of democracy practiced today, in most countries, is rather a representative democracy, founded in the ideas of a republic, and based on the ideas of equal rights for people.

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  • Wangechi

    It is interesting that it is only now that people begin to realize people were queer. I never saw boys swag they way the homosexuals do. It is all influence from the West, lets be real.

  • Wangechi

    It is interesting that it is only now that people begin to realize people were queer. I never saw boys swag they way the homosexuals do. It is all influence from the West, lets be real.

  • Wangechi

    It is interesting that it is only now that people begin to realize people were queer. I never saw boys swag they way the homosexuals do. It is all influence from the West, lets be real.

    • popq

      I remember growing up seeing boys who acted like girls and vice versa. It’s definitely not a new phenomenon.

      • MsAfroCAN

        True, however, we have to recognise that “acted like girls” is a social construct. No baby comes into this world and develops a conscious and wakes up in the morning thinking they are boy or girl and they must behave as such. Culture and society defined the genders. When we get up from bed in the morning we are who we are and that’s all there is. Male/female is physical form (the sexes of which there are more than 2), whereas gender is behavioural. Unfortunately our stereotyping of the sexes as directly correlating to gender leads us to many problems such as assuming that gay men always act like women.

    • Gay African

      And just FYI, not all gay men act like women and not all lesbians act like men. They have always been there, its just that by taking away more of their human rights and denying them dignity, you have basically forced them to fight for the human rights they are entitled to…thereby making themselves more visible.

      • Lea Wings

        So explain Ellen Degeneres.

        • Ayo

          ? huh! A middle aged white American woman who presents a popular TV show and is sexually attracted to the same sex! What is there to explain?

        • Gay African

          One of the most successful women in showbiz history who is married to one of the most beautiful women. Not sure what you want me to explain

          • leks

            I want you to explain who gave birth to Ellen: a man or a woman?

          • Gay African

            Bless your heart.

      • http://batman-news.com Lucas

        So true. Although growing up in the West, I had a similar experience as Sochukwuma. I was called all kinds of names before i was 6-7 yrs old. I had no clue why people thought I was different. I was unaware of my gestures, walk, etc. I was not molested, i was simply me. As I got older, I was more aware, I saw myself on video and in pictures and I realized why people thought i was different. I then perfected the art of “blending in”. The more I blended in, the less bullying occurred. The point is, people (parents, older relatives, my peers) knew I was gay or that I was different before I did. Those very same people who realized how different I was are the same people now saying how wrong it is. But you knew already?
        Think about it.

      • Wangechi

        If it has always been there, why is it such a big deal now? It is an unnatural act and we cannot deny the influence from the West! Don’t get the wrong, i value the human beings involved, i just don’t agree with their choice and it shouldn’t shape the laws in my country, especially if the majority are of the same mind.

        • Gay African

          You remind me of some people I went to high school with (everyone knows someone like this), when the teacher hands out the test scores after the English exams, they look at their poor results and then look at yours and wonder why you scored higher. It was always fascinating that when we compared our answers, the part that took them down was in the READING & COMPREHENSION section.

          Wangechi darling, are you seriously not able to read and comprehend this article? All the answers can be found in the article. Improve your report card!

        • Gay African

          Now I am absolutely certain that you didn’t even read the article. Skip to the 4th paragraph and check out the part where she brilliantly says..” the mark of a true democracy is not in the rule of its majority but in the protection of its minority – otherwise mob justice would be considered democratic.”

          • Wangechi

            That is my point precisely, i do not agree with her reasoning! I think you are quite blinded to your agenda that anything contrary we say falls short. Anyway, I think i have said what i need to here. Wishing you a lovely week wherever you are!

    • Ayo

      You need more education on this matter! Its not about swagging! You are completely missing the point!

    • MsAfroCAN

      oh, so you have never heard of King Mwanga, the Buganda king that engaged in homosexuality?

    • Liroo

      Actually, if you read anthropological histories of Africa you’ll find that sexuality wasn’t nearly as structured as it is today. Men had sex with men and women had sex with women, and in many areas, it wasn’t really considered ‘gay’ or ‘straight’. Nor was a union of man and woman seen as a consideration of sexual preference, rather a need to have children.

      Homophobia is actually a Western import, brought by 1950′s British law that was conscripted into numerous African constitutions after independence. If you really think about it, Africans behaving like homosexuality is abnormal is really just a continuation of colonialist mindsets. There are numerous historical examples homosexuality being accepted throughout African history from Cameroon to Uganda to Lesotho and beyond.

  • Jai

    SHUT UP ABEGGGGG

    BECAUSE BEYONCE PUT YOU IN HER ALBUM YOU THINK YOU CAN DICTATE LEGISLATION NOW? GET OUT WITH YOUR BOOKS AND GO AND TALK ABOUT YOUR HAIR PLS AND PLS

    • Ayo

      Everybody has a right to a view. Make yours without being insulting! Do you have a view on the subject matter? Do you understand the import of the message?

    • MsAfroCAN

      haters gonna hate…in capital letters

    • Cray

      You’re so eloquent. “Get out with your ALL CAPS and go and talk about whatever it is you talk about in your spare time.”

  • Concerned Nigerian

    Well, the only thing I see wrong is your thinking that if someone is abnormal, then it should be normally accepted into the society. Sochukwuma is abnormal, we may not know why but there is also Chikodili who was like that in his early childhood but no longer that way, maybe we don’t know why it happens, maybe no one ever really cared to find out. But why people are told not to were shorts in Church is not because God hates people who wears shorts, it’s too protect the future. You don’t allow people to just act anyway they like in public, because the lives of our children are at stake. The law does not say homosexuals should stop existing as you suggest, in my opinion it acts for the interest of our future, but even so, I must still say it’s going nowhere. Whether you talk about it or not, the law won’t certainly hold forever and may only provide refuge/security for a little time, the world as we know it has been fast disappearing, intervening this way in issues like this might turn out as something you might regret in the future. Karma can be ugly at times.

    • Concerned

      What kind of future are you protecting? One where your children do not have the right to love whomever they want? One where Nigeria delves into further poverty and decline as the rest of the world scorns any sort of interaction with a country that does not uphold basic human rights? There is no such thing as normal or abnormal. Heterosexuality that you seem to consider “normal” was once “abnormal” centuries ago (look up Plato). Black people were considered abnormal for decades and centuries, people sold and enslaved your ancestors because white people considered them abnormal. If no one spoke up against it then, think about what your life would be today. How can anyone stay quiet on this issue when people are being flogged to death for no justifiable reason?

    • Concerned

      What kind of future are you protecting? One where your children do not have the right to love whomever they want? One where Nigeria delves into further poverty and decline as the rest of the world scorns any sort of interaction with a country that does not uphold basic human rights? There is no such thing as normal or abnormal. Heterosexuality that you seem to consider “normal” was once “abnormal” centuries ago (look up Plato). Black people were considered abnormal for decades and centuries, people sold and enslaved your ancestors because white people considered them abnormal. If no one spoke up against it then, think about what your life would be today. How can anyone stay quiet on this issue when people are being flogged to death for no justifiable reason?

    • Concerned

      What kind of future are you protecting? One where your children do not have the right to love whomever they want? One where Nigeria delves into further poverty and decline as the rest of the world scorns any sort of interaction with a country that does not uphold basic human rights? There is no such thing as normal or abnormal. Heterosexuality that you seem to consider “normal” was once “abnormal” centuries ago (look up Plato). Black people were considered abnormal for decades and centuries, people sold and enslaved your ancestors because white people considered them abnormal. If no one spoke up against it then, think about what your life would be today. How can anyone stay quiet on this issue when people are being flogged to death for no justifiable reason?

    • Concerned

      What kind of future are you protecting? One where your children do not have the right to love whomever they want? One where Nigeria delves into further poverty and decline as the rest of the world scorns any sort of interaction with a country that does not uphold basic human rights? There is no such thing as normal or abnormal. Heterosexuality that you seem to consider “normal” was once “abnormal” centuries ago (look up Plato). Black people were considered abnormal for decades and centuries, people sold and enslaved your ancestors because white people considered them abnormal. If no one spoke up against it then, think about what your life would be today. How can anyone stay quiet on this issue when people are being flogged to death for no justifiable reason?

    • Concerned

      What kind of future are you protecting? One where your children do not have the right to love whomever they want? One where Nigeria delves into further poverty and decline as the rest of the world scorns any sort of interaction with a country that does not uphold basic human rights? There is no such thing as normal or abnormal. Heterosexuality that you seem to consider “normal” was once “abnormal” centuries ago (look up Plato). Black people were considered abnormal for decades and centuries, people sold and enslaved your ancestors because white people considered them abnormal. If no one spoke up against it then, think about what your life would be today. How can anyone stay quiet on this issue when people are being flogged to death for no justifiable reason?

      • Concerned Nigerian

        Homosexuality is not a man-made ‘abnormality’ and anyone who claims otherwise is being insincere with themselves. You can believe homosexuality is normal and anyone born that way cannot be taught and all that, but keep in mind that there’re is a kid out there who will choose homosexuality because the society is teaching them it’s okay. You may not see it yet, but we’re headed for a future infested with pedophilia, bestiality, homosexuality and other sort of ugly things. Eventually people will be born that way; maybe it’s a genetic disorder. Maybe parents like you in the future will teach their sons that being attracted to dogs is normal, maybe incest would also be allowed in public so that kids can learn how to be diverse. Nevertheless, know that supporting nakedness is inviting rape and what you’re advocating for here is abuse of the love between a man and a woman; an insidious case that will lead to many sexual-orientation disasters than is normally obvious. And if that’s what you’re really fighting for, good luck.

        • Liroo

          First, I’d like to question your assertion that we would head towards a future infested with things like pedophilia and bestiality. Such things already very much exist, and have done so for thousands of years. In other words, your future is now, my friend.

          Such things also don’t have anything to do with being attracted to someone of your same gender. After all, I’m a woman who prefers my husband, but I’m not attracted to boys. So why would a woman who likes women be attracted to girls? The argument doesn’t hold up or hold up to logical critique. It assumes pedophilia and homosexuality are somehow connected, when in fact, the vast majority of pedophiles are straight and go after ‘straight’ pairings. There have been studies you can easily access on this topic so do not make yourself willfully ignorant to advance your point.

          Secondly, I’d like to point out your assertion that nakedness invites rape. Most rapes (nearly 95%) are committed by men the woman already knows. Men that have come into her circle thanks to their manipulations to present themselves as gentleman, when they are in fact, anything but. Women are not raped because of the skin they show. Women are raped when men choose to have sex with them by force. That’s how rape works, by its very definition. Men are not animals. And to speak of them as so subhuman that they cannot control themselves around some skin is to disgrace the entirety of mankind.

          • Concerned Nigerian

            It’s unfortunate that a lot of people miss the crux of this issue, is there anything harmful with legalizing public nakedness or bestiality? Is that not also granting of ‘fundamental human rights’, does that kind of legislation hold the interest of our children at heart? Maybe to you the answer is yes, but this is where the discussion ends for me. Do kindly carry on if you believe what you’re doing will benefit humanity.

          • openyoureyes

            With all due respect, public nakedness has nothing to do with what goes on behind closed doors and bestiality has nothing to do with consenting affection between two adult human-beings. If your true cause is preventing lewd behavior in public, then say so. If your true cause is preventing people from having sex with animals, say so. Don’t hide behind the delusion that you can solve those problems solely by incarcerating grown, gay people. That’s like trying to prevent a cut on your foot by wearing a hard hat. It just doesn’t add up. Take Mardi Gras, for example. It’s definitely a predominantly straight celebration and there are exposed breasts everywhere. One could persecute every gay in New Orleans, but one would still see nudity at Mardi Gras. If you truly wanted to prevent public nudity, then, you would have to imprison scores of predominantly heterosexual females…not gays. My point isn’t that women should be imprisoned, but that public nudity doesn’t only originate from the subset of humans you seem to be fixated upon. Furthermore, bestiality isn’t a rampant problem where I come from. I have plenty of gay neighbors and friends, and can honestly say that i’ve never heard anyone express concern that their pet was taken advantage of. Take off the blinders of homophobia and think for yourself. That whole group-think thing is so 20th century. Wake up. Evolve. Live.

          • Dilichukwu Nwankwo

            I think the crux of the matter is about the ‘right to love’, the right to choose whom to direct your affection. That means you can choose animals; or oh yes, two consenting adults, almost forgot – so a brother and a sister can give it a go.
            It will not end there, liberalism is on its way to a dangerous path. Check your history; over time conservative values gets watered down to a degenerative end. Who figures out where and when to draw the line.
            I’m not too bothered because my Creator told me the time is very close. Sooner than not, it will all be over.

          • Daniel Stephen Lopes

            I think you misunderstand the “right to love” doctrine. If you can find a dog or cow or other animal that will say “I love you Dilichukwu” and will sign a marriage license with you, then I would say you MUST marry this animal, if only because it is clearly magic.

          • Dilichukwu Nwankwo

            So a brother and a sister, or may be father and daughter can marry so long they are ‘consenting adults’. So why then is incest illegal? I fully understand the statement.

          • Uyi Nosa-Odia

            Imagining that letting humans choose whom and how to express love will lead to people having sex with animals and with kins is very derogative and inhumane. You must also think that since black started living freely in Europe and America, they have bred monkeys everywhere.

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Akitoye

            Do you believe what you are doing benefits humanity. Do you believe that you blind prosecution of your fellow human being benefits humanity. You believe that allowing diversity will be the fall of humanity as you know; may be it will be because the humanity you know is blind and ignorant. the humanity you know believe that people suffer for a reason that poverty is a test form god that suffering will get you into heaven.
            you say you are a concerned nigerian but what you are concerned about it keeping the status quot.
            What will truly benefit humanity is us learning to love each other and learning to treat each other with respect.
            what two grown consenting adults do is the bed room is no one business but their. Doesn’t Christianity the world favorite religion teach not to judge doesn’t the bible say that it is for god alone to judge, yet here you are passing your judgement. Saying it is for the children. It is you who is a deplorable human being. it is people like you who breed hate that we should keep away for children

          • Uyi Nosa-Odia

            Need I remind you that humans don’t wear clothes so as to prevent sexual interactions?

        • Joni Loring

          Consensual adults, don’t you get it??

          • Concerned Nigerian

            The truth bites, do I harm anybody if I choose what to do with my pet? Or is it now your property? Should incest and adultery be accepted openly and taught to kids? There’s nothing here that is difficult to understand if not that your hearts has been hardened to accept homosexuality as normal. This is just the 21st century, moral values will definitely continue to degrade more and more with ‘evolved’ folks like you.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            Yes, you harm the pet. The pet can not give informed consent to have sex with you, and even if it could, it would probably reject you, as it knows just what kind of person you are.

          • Centaur

            This is the 23rd century Randy, I have the rights to kill my pet if I want to, inter-species breeding is entirely normal and doomsayers like you need to grow up.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            You stay in your century and I’ll stay in mine.

          • Randy Left Brooklyn

            You stay in your century and I’ll stay in mine.

          • Dilichukwu Nwankwo

            Lol! Love to see the humor side of things.
            I don’t support your views though.

      • Dean

        It’s unfortunate to see a sane elite person comparing slave trade with ‘gay liberation’. I’m not on any side in particular but I think your points are misconstrued. There’s certainly something like normal and abnormal and if love (the kind of love relevant in this context) is naturally meant to be between a man and a woman, a country has every right to decide it remains so for however long they want. There are many other countries that do not support gay rights, and allowing someone with a sexual orientation disorder to show it off in public cannot really be classified as ‘basic human rights’.

      • Zona Stan

        Come who bon u man or woman

      • aijosh

        .1) The future where my child wont decide to marry his daughter or dog all in the name of love.

        .2) “There is no such thing as normal or abnormal.” I do agree with you. Serial Killers, Murderers, Cannibals, Rapists are normal if you want them to be. True. But why did you decide to term them abnormal?

        .3) Don’t tell me you don’t know how to define a normal human.
        The blacks were considered as abnormal either from the color of their skins (ignorantly) or because they weren’t as advanced in civilization. There is nothing abnormal about those reasons the white man used as excuses.

        • Jon Jonathan

          1.) The author already talked about this. Have you even read the article?

          2.) Murderers and rapists hurt people. Is anyone hurt when 2 men or 2 women love each other?

          3.) Yes. The white man used excuses and you homophobic bigots are also using excuses.

          • aijosh

            .1) I’m still talking about it. She didn’t address the issue. It’s still you people that (in the nearest future) would defend such acts. Time would prove me right

            .2) They hurt the natural balance of life.

            .3) Wake up (using relative terms for me isn’t too wise)
            What’s your yardstick for measuring these

          • Jon Jonathan

            - Natural balance of life (Are you illiterate or something)
            How do 2 people who love each other affect the natural balance of anything?

          • aijosh

            I like people like you.
            Just try not to be narrow minded.

          • aijosh

            I like people like you.
            Just try not to be narrow minded.

          • Jon Jonathan

            You too.

          • Jon Jonathan

            You too.

          • aijosh

            I like people like you.
            Just try not to be narrow minded.

          • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

            Jon I wouldn’t waste my time on a person like him. People like him don’t use their brains. The ignorant person who thinks he’s wise, is the worst kind of ignorant person.

          • Jon Jonathan

            I agree 100%

    • Concerned

      What kind of future are you protecting? One where your children do not have the right to love whomever they want? One where Nigeria delves into further poverty and decline as the rest of the world scorns any sort of interaction with a country that does not uphold basic human rights? There is no such thing as normal or abnormal. Heterosexuality that you seem to consider “normal” was once “abnormal” centuries ago (look up Plato). Black people were considered abnormal for decades and centuries, people sold and enslaved your ancestors because white people considered them abnormal. If no one spoke up against it then, think about what your life would be today. How can anyone stay quiet on this issue when people are being flogged to death for no justifiable reason?

    • Ayo

      Please read the Act or get an objective legal person to explain it to you! On your analogy about Chikodili…well it could be that Chikodili is not as strong willed or as dismissive of the various taunts as Sochukwuma and caved in to the constant jeering, humiliation and sniggering from people around him and felt the best bet for him to maintain his sanity was to comply…act manly…do manly things and even in some cases act more manly than is necessary just to show people around him that he’s not a sisi………there are so many factors, that we may never know the true reason for peoples behaviour. The truth of the matter is that we are all different (not abnomal!)and celebrating diversity enriches a society. The fear of the unknown and the need to crush the unknown just demonstrates ones insecurity and lack of confidence.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

      • Concerned Nigerian

        If you want to see your child become a beast, give him all the freedom in the world. I bet you, you’ll not only celebrate diversity, you’ll also celebrate gnashing of teeth. There’re some kids born with strong tendency for violence, lying, mischief and all that, shall we all give them freedom because of some misplaced sense of diversity? People should really be careful what they wish for.

        • Cray

          Giving people the freedom to be with whoever they want will turn them into “beasts”? You need to look into your beliefs because they are keeping the African continent and the world from progress.

        • Uyi Nosa-Odia

          You must really think every good person in the society comes from a good home and bad people come from bad homes. Hmmm… Humans ain’t that simplistic and predictable. You strike me as a bully and a control freak. I could be wrong but your comments inform such conclusion.

        • Uyi Nosa-Odia

          You must really think every good person in the society comes from a good home and bad people come from bad homes. Hmmm… Humans ain’t that simplistic and predictable. You strike me as a bully and a control freak. I could be wrong but your comments inform such conclusion.

        • Uyi Nosa-Odia

          You must really think every good person in the society comes from a good home and bad people come from bad homes. Hmmm… Humans ain’t that simplistic and predictable. You strike me as a bully and a control freak. I could be wrong but your comments inform such conclusion.

        • Uyi Nosa-Odia

          You must really think every good person in the society comes from a good home and bad people come from bad homes. Hmmm… Humans ain’t that simplistic and predictable. You strike me as a bully and a control freak. I could be wrong but your comments inform such conclusion.

        • aLuoGirl

          There are some bone with…meaning even Christ can’t help them? Instead it’s better to jail them and somehow expect that to fix things…SMH

    • MsAfroCAN

      Please define abnormal. And then tell us why peopel in a country with people of different beliefs should listen to YOUR beliefs above theirs. Thanks.

  • Niccolò Machiavelli

    I was different in Nairobi. I was called abnormal but even I didn’t know what that meant. The only thing I knew is that I was different. As an adult, I knew what that difference was and no I live my life as gay man..gay Kenyan man

    • Lea Wings

      Really. Yay for you!

    • Chiedu7

      See the devil playing golf on ur back in hell, if u die as a Back Door Bandit.

      • Niccolò Machiavelli

        What devil? why do you assume that I share your beliefs on heaven or hell?

      • Akitoye

        what I see is the devil in your heart telling you to hate your fellow man telling you that begin different is wrong. what is see is the wickedness in your heart your fear of something you don’t understand. what i see is ignorance a lack of education and blind faith in a book that was written 3000 years ago

      • Gay African

        Someone forgot to take their schizophrenic medication today?

  • ali

    My sister, come to think of this; who defines human right, and who is the minority. why should the society bothers if you decide to work stark naked in the society or be involved in public sexual intercourse.

  • ali

    My sister, come to think of this; who defines human right, and who is the minority. why should the society bothers if you decide to work stark naked in the society or be involved in public sexual intercourse.

  • ali

    My sister, come to think of this; who defines human right, and who is the minority. why should the society bothers if you decide to work stark naked in the society or be involved in public sexual intercourse.

  • ali

    My sister, come to think of this; who defines human right, and who is the minority. why should the society bothers if you decide to work stark naked in the society or be involved in public sexual intercourse.

  • ali

    My sister, come to think of this; who defines human right, and who is the minority. why should the society bothers if you decide to work stark naked in the society or be involved in public sexual intercourse.

  • ali

    My sister, come to think of this; who defines human right, and who is the minority. why should the society bothers if you decide to work stark naked in the society or be involved in public sexual intercourse.

  • ali

    My sister, come to think of this; who defines human right, and who is the minority. why should the society bothers if you decide to work stark naked in the society or be involved in public sexual intercourse.

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  • Rendani Ramukhuba

    Like we did with the Ugandian Genocide – Years from now we will be making a movie about African stupidity on this matter…. We dislike and kill people who speak a different language from us what’s to stop us from killing homosexuals whose very existence we blame the west for – holing Coke Cans & McDonald in our hands. It is ridiculous to say the least… Tell the Homosexual men & women of Nigeria that they are welcome in South Africa & the United States… This should be as a last resort though, They should stay and fight like Mandela did, refuse to live in fear and fight this ludicrous and unjust system of oppression.

    • Muyingo Siraj

      Point of Correction @rendaniramukhuba:disqus . The Genocide was in Rwanda not in Uganda. On the other side, this bill is a dead horse, it won’t work even when passed into a law. The country already has an implementation problem. Plus it doesn’t encourage mob justice as stated by other people, rather use of law to prevent the spread of homosexuality which i think is impossible. Law should take course to all sex offenders be straight or Gay.

    • Lea Wings

      1.It was Rwandan /Rwandese Genocide.
      2.Uganda or Ugandan, not Ugandian. Please

      • Rendani Ramukhuba

        Absolutely – Emotion took precedence over meticulity, But you both get the point….

  • Nyasili

    Homosexuality is not right, no matter the flood of the celebrity endorsements that it currently enjoys. But I don’t hate them gays to a point that I would support their lynching; because such lynching is also not right. I also don’t think by my opinion against homosexuality should be disregarded or even thought uncivilised; it can be questioned but i owe nobody an explanation. So, guys continue rationalizing a wrong; at the end of this road all you meet is yourself and your conscience. Good luck!

    • Ayo

      The point is that homosexuality is different, I do not believe the writer is justifying it. She is merely saying that recognition of difference MUST occur in a society and among human beings. There are no 2 similar people in the world, even with identical twins Criminalising a person, not the act is wrong and that is the issue!

    • Liroo

      I don’t think anybody cares what individuals believe. Your opinion and my opinion on homosexuality might differ (or it might not) but what’s important is that we don’t use our personal thoughts to hurt other members of society. Otherwise we open to the door of personal persecution and that is a very dangerous road to go down, as history has very well shown.

  • Roy

    Well said, Mentor! I couldn’t be more proud of you. We fear change so much because we don’t know what it would come with. It’s still surprising that we’ve changed so much even without our knowing… One thing I’ve learnt in life is that change is very much constant. Killing homosexuals would never cease the birth of another. We just love to play God… Once again, well said…

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  • Ayo

    Very well scripted! Bravo!

    Where are the other popular Nigerian writers/Journalists…..make your views known rather than sit on the fence and watch your country disintegrate into anarchy! The incidence of mob rule since the Act was promulgated is staggering!

    Do not allowance ignorance and hate reign!

  • Nene

    personally, i do not support homosexuality because i am a devout Christian and my Bible condemns it. however, the truth remains that this country has bigger problems. They are hurting no one by their actions and must therefore not be treated as criminals. The Bible encourages love and if we think what they are doing is wrong, we ought to treat them with love and pray that God’s spirit will convict them aright. in my opinion, this is just a chronic case of misplaced priorities on the part of the government and lawmakers. after all the bible condemns fornication and adultery but i don’t see tuface or any of those other people with illegitimate children in jail.

    • omane

      I support your view Nene…As christians our beliefs are predicated on what the bible says. When God created the 1st man Adam, In spite of the beauty of the garden of eden and all that it contained, God realized Adam was lonely. He could have given animals the ability to speak, instead he made a softer version of man whom he called Eve (not Steve). She was made out of man to be his companion. While it is true that God gave man free will, he had already laid out the guidelines. He could have made another man for Adam. I agree that all sins are the same; corruption, idolatry, adultery, murder, bigamy to name a few, theres also wat the law refers to as unnatural offenses. For those who support homosexualism, please give your support for marriages between brothers and sisters. My humble opinion

      • Gay African

        Like I was saying…. Its funny how the same god that made Adam and Eve is the same one that’s against incest. I don’t mind in you believing whatever you want to believe, but please don’t use your beliefs to impose laws on my life. I dont need a book to show me whats right from wrong. Apparently you do, so stick to your book and stop pushing it onto me because I dont need it.

      • Lulu

        Lol
        that’s a very funny one. God made Adam and Eve. What a perfect theory of
        evolution. A God that makes heaven and earth in 7 whole days and suddenly he
        made Adam and Eve because Adam was lonely. You really sound pathetic and
        ignorant as you say these things despite the world that we live in today and
        the level of education.

        It clearly
        shows that as humans advance, several will remain backward till eternity. Humans
        are very intelligent and inquisitive. Even the bible refers to this in the book
        of Genesis when your supposedly created EVE tempted ADAM to eat from the
        forbidden tree. She wanted to know more. She craved for knowledge.

        Have you ever
        questioned yourself about how the bible was written? Have you challenged every verse
        in the bible? Have you sat down to think that the holy book was scripted by the
        romans to ensure the religion was accepted? Why are women not pope if Mary was
        the month of Jesus and Jesus loved Mary.

        It just
        amazes me when Nigerians (greatest 419, Juju Inventors etc) now quotes the
        bible which was written thousands of years ago. The west who scripted the holy
        book have travelled to space and are venturing into other planets to see the existence
        of life and how humans evolved.

        Yet we sit
        down and quote that the Bible prohibits homosexuality.

        What a load
        lot of crap, lack of education and inability to think further and ask
        challenging questions. We are definitely in the age of misinformation

        The bible
        says…..

        • Lulu

          I forgot to add the talking snake in Genesis.

        • neodymium

          I concur. The irony does not escape me that a country so against the influences of Western culture is completely mind-whipped by an alleged holy book written thousands of years ago by the early ancestors of Western culture…Still enslaved by the white men. Africans should be leading the charge on evolution and civility, not waiting for the rest of the world to beat us to the finish line.

    • Mike

      Nene, i respect your view, but if you look at the bigger picture. Boko haram claim to be killing due to the influence of western education that is eroding our faith. What do you think would happen if the government now accepts gay right that event both religions are against? that is why they are saying No and its a big issue that cant be swept under the rug. There is always a conspiracy theory behind america’s interest just like forced war in Iraq due to oil, wars in Liberia, Sudan etc and the western worlds making money from selling arms to fuel war. we are not fools. its little legislation like these that can make or break a nation completely.

      • Nene

        all i’m saying is: although i am STRONGLY against homosexuality( after all God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve) sending them to jail will not change them. they will just go in to hiding or some may flee but the real problem will remain. After all, have they not been sentencing people to death for murder and has homicide ceased? no. Pray for them, show them what it is they are doing wrong. understanding is key. As for Boko Haram, I don’t think they are ready to stop any time soon. all we can do is pray that their madness does not reach our doorsteps

      • Nene

        all i’m saying is: although i am STRONGLY against homosexuality( after all God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve) sending them to jail will not change them. they will just go in to hiding or some may flee but the real problem will remain. After all, have they not been sentencing people to death for murder and has homicide ceased? no. Pray for them, show them what it is they are doing wrong. understanding is key. As for Boko Haram, I don’t think they are ready to stop any time soon. all we can do is pray that their madness does not reach our doorsteps

        • Gay African

          Its funny how the same god that made Adam and Eve is the same one that’s against incest. I don’t mind in you believing whatever you want to believe, but please don’t use your beliefs to impose laws on my life. I dont need a book to show me whats right from wrong. Apparently you do, so stick to your book and stop pushing it onto me because I dont need it.

          • MsAfroCAN

            Don’t we have bits in the Bible about never shaving beards and women being silent and slaves being obedient? Why do Christians only cherry pick parts of the Bible when it suits them? So homosexuality is worthy of the death penalty but no one is giving the death penalty to THIEVES, murderers, adulterers and those are the sins that actually HURT other people. Bigotry is a sad sad sad state of affairs.

          • Nene

            in case you didn’t notice, everything you mentioned i said in my initial post. i guess the mention of the fact that i am a Christian didn’t let you read beyond the first two lines.

          • Gay African

            I read the part where you said about homosexuals, …”Pray for them, show them what it is they are doing wrong. ” … Pray for Nigeria who would rather spend time arresting gays than to stop the killing of innocent children

          • MsAfroCAN

            I was replying to Gay African, not you. And just so you know, I am a Christian, but I stand against bigotry.

          • Nene

            I am not pushing the Bible in any one’s face. I believe in it. you don’t have to. after all every man to his own. i was just expressing my sincere opinion. read my initial post clearly before you get defensive

      • damola

        It starts with us making one law to appease Boko Haram, then another then another, we shouldn’t aim to appease terrorists or make excuses for their actions, whether it is against western culture or against christianity or against modern islam, killing people is wrong, so using Boko harram as an excuse to impose an anti-gay law isn’t good enough, now that the law has been placed it hasnt made a difference to their activities, the Borno state massacre is still ongoing.

      • damola

        It starts with us making one law to appease Boko Haram, then another then another, we shouldn’t aim to appease terrorists or make excuses for their actions, whether it is against western culture or against christianity or against modern islam, killing people is wrong, so using Boko harram as an excuse to impose an anti-gay law isn’t good enough, now that the law has been placed it hasnt made a difference to their activities, the Borno state massacre is still ongoing.

        • Mike

          Its not about appeasing Boko haram, its about setting the record straight to them that contrary to their beliefs; the western culture does not dictate of influence ours. Also, if America truly cares; why are they blind to the corruption within the system, why are they not trying to influence the supremacy of the law first which makes leaders under the law, protect citizens against violent police men and mob attacks but instead for their own self fish reason, its the gay law they want to impose so that their own citizens working in Nigeria will be free to express themselves, they are not doing it for us or Sochukwuma. Just a classic case of Avatar on a lighter note, there is always an ulterior and self-centered motive and I think that’s what the issue really is for me.

        • Mike

          Its not about appeasing Boko haram, its about setting the record straight to them that contrary to their beliefs; the western culture does not dictate of influence ours. Also, if America truly cares; why are they blind to the corruption within the system, why are they not trying to influence the supremacy of the law first which makes leaders under the law, protect citizens against violent police men and mob attacks but instead for their own self fish reason, its the gay law they want to impose so that their own citizens working in Nigeria will be free to express themselves, they are not doing it for us or Sochukwuma. Just a classic case of Avatar on a lighter note, there is always an ulterior and self-centered motive and I think that’s what the issue really is for me.

        • Mike

          Its not about appeasing Boko haram, its about setting the record straight to them that contrary to their beliefs; the western culture does not dictate of influence ours. Also, if America truly cares; why are they blind to the corruption within the system, why are they not trying to influence the supremacy of the law first which makes leaders under the law, protect citizens against violent police men and mob attacks but instead for their own self fish reason, its the gay law they want to impose so that their own citizens working in Nigeria will be free to express themselves, they are not doing it for us or Sochukwuma. Just a classic case of Avatar on a lighter note, there is always an ulterior and self-centered motive and I think that’s what the issue really is for me.

          • damola

            the question isnt about imposing a law to legalize gay marriage, many institutions such as the Church dont recognise gay marriage, no one is asking for a law to recognise gay marriage or force people into gay marriage, the problem is that people are being arrested and sentenced for much longer than many thieves, pedophiles , rapists etc for a reason that is not a criminal offence in itself, Furthermore I made no comment on Americas involvement everyone is aware America only gets involved for personal or ulterior motives, all im saying is, using the Gay men as a scape goat for Boko Harram to prove we have not become westernised is wrong, the Western culture has influenced ours in many ways, for instance I might imagine many Boko Harram members are against the education of women and it wasnt in our culture to educate women before, even christianity in itself came from the west. Westernisation is just an excuse for their killings really.

          • neodymium

            Western culture’s does not own a monopoly on the ideals of equal rights. I would hope that any civilized society would recognize that human beings are deserving of respect and the space to live out their lives however they see fit. No one needs a dictator telling them what they can or cannot due.

  • anengiyefa

    Actually most gay men are not effeminate and do NOT behave like girls, yes, including the gay men of Africa. It brings me back to what one of my favourite authors Lars Eighner once said – that most people don’t know what a ‘homosexual’ is unless it is done up in drag.

    If there is one cross dressing man in the village, the anthropologist reports that there is only one homosexual in the village. But how homosexual can you be if there is only one of you? The cross dressing queen is gay, but her manly, masculine male lovers are not?

    • neodymium

      Agreed. I love what Miss Adichie wrote, but she too seems to have very limited exposure to the kinds of gay people that exist all around the world. Most gay men are not effeminate, and you would be surprised to find out that some of your close friends, who are as masculine as any other man, are harboring feelings for the same gender. The problem is that the masculine men are able to hide it and avoid discrimination while the more feminine men can do no such thing and must face public ridicule for their “benign difference,” a term that I have fallen in love with. Thanks Miss Adichie!

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  • Olufemi Sorunmu

    Beautiful piece from our very own Chimamanda, eloquently written like the true scholar she is, very compelling, but bound not to change minds because it is so skewed. How can you, a former Med undergraduate, portray gay/gayism (I coined that word I guess) as an entirely medical condition, like Asthma, SS syndrome, AIDS, warts and all, when majority is down to choice? The singular fact that you decided to get so lopsided make me trash this piece. Do you realize that there are females that have manly features and males that have feminine features that are neither gay nor lesbians? i go further by saying those around me with such conditions actually lead normal lives. Rant over.

    • Daniel Stephen Lopes

      I am glad you read her article with an open mind but I do want to take issue with one thing you wrote. You say that the majority of gayness is down to choice but that is not true.

      Gay people did not “choose” to be gay just like you did not “Choose” to be straight. It’s an inherent trait.

      warm Regards

    • Ayo

      Being Gay is down to choice? Pray tell..how does one chose their sexuality? Do you wake up in the morning and pop a homosexual pill or wave a magic wand to be heterosexual!! I need to know so I can try it!!!

      Listen….It’s not a choice one makes, because why would one make a choice that would put you constantly in the line of fire….always on the defensive….always on edge!! Why? Everybody craves a simple and peaceful life but when you have to fight for survival….because everything about your being is denied…then you fight!!

      You mentioned in your last statement that…….those around me with such conditions……..What conditions? Headache, backache…..Stomach Ulcer..Being homosexual or heterosexual is not a condition….the same way as being short or tall or black or white.

      • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

        Thank you jare. The ignorance just makes one laugh sometimes. Nigerians don’t read, they are not knowledgeable. Its so unfortunate

      • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

        Thank you jare. The ignorance just makes one laugh sometimes. Nigerians don’t read, they are not knowledgeable. Its so unfortunate

      • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

        Thank you jare. The ignorance just makes one laugh sometimes. Nigerians don’t read, they are not knowledgeable. Its so unfortunate

      • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

        Thank you jare. The ignorance just makes one laugh sometimes. Nigerians don’t read, they are not knowledgeable. Its so unfortunate

    • MsAfroCAN

      So how exactly does one go about choosing to be homosexual? Please, list down the steps since you seem to know how it’s done.

  • stevia

    There is right and there is wrong. The problem with the world today is that we want to make our own set of rules of what is right and what is wrong. Forgetting that there is a God who made all things and who has given us His own set of rules which we must obey; with our own free will ofcourse. Which ever way, if we choose to ignore or acknowledge Him, we would still have Him to reckon with at the last.
    A word to this writer, whilst I admire you and your achievements, dont get carried away by the measure of influence you have in the world now and see yourself as a god. Forgetting the core values of what is right and wrong that am sure deep within yourself you know it to be, or be cause beyonce has acknowlegded you, you feel you have arrived. Dont be a pawn in your own game. Do what is right, stand for what is right. Beyonce for all the fame is notbing but a human being who will come under the judgement of God one day, as we all will. Choose wisely.

    • Ayo

      What exactly is your point?…that because one is popular one cannot have a view or a divergent one for that matter? You mention God so very often…I’m sure you are quite aware that a lot of people do and say terrible things in the name of Religion/Christianity.

      No one is saying that everything is right! What is being said is…why focus on this matter? How significant is it to the daily suffering of the average Nigeria!!! Nigeria is a large country with over 160m people. Majority of whom struggle to meet their basic physiological needs of shelter, food, education etc and here we are focusing on some people who are quietly getting on with their lives??????????? Talk about misplaced priority!!!

      Yet people like you believe it is proper!!

  • BOADI SAMUEL

    when dealing with such issues that finds itself attached too close to human nature, sink less to what logic and democracy is or what it says. appeal to common sense instead. democracy or any political ideology will not and can never give a justification. it is in common sense that we can derive a common good. pls lets do well to appeal to what our conscience says than what our acquired says. this issue is not that easy to draw a line as many do. homogeneous, heterogeneous or no marriage at all have problems embedded in them. watch
    out fellow humans

    • MsAfroCAN

      common sense is realising that if we are going to live together in a thriving society, we have to find ways of accepting our differences and agree on what our values are. I will point out to one important value: freedom of choice.

      • Mike

        Its strange how the west is still able to enslave us mentally which was what Bob Marley warned us in his song “Redemption song”. We talk about respect and tolerance, if America feels we are all equal then they wont dictate to us how we express our beliefs and laws. The American law supports gay marriage I respect that, the Nigeria Law is against gay marriage; America should accept it also. That is what sovereignty of Nation’s is all about. Nigerian laws are founded under Religious and moral values so it should not surprise any intelligent person that we all shall kick against gay marriage.

        • MsAfroCAN

          You contradict yourself. Those RELIGIONS & MORAL values are NOT Nigerian. In fact, they are a GREAT example of how we are still enslaved. Those are religions brought to us by oyinbo man & Arab man. Please, if you love those foreign religions so much, then turn around to say we are enslaved mentally, by the SAME people who brought you those religions you so cherish, you can’t be taken seriously.

          This is not about America. This is about Nigeria. And there are Nigerians who believe that all Nigerians are equal. Do you think that without the west’s influence on us we’d never come to that conclusion ourselves? This is not a surprise, but surely, there are more important pressing matters.

      • Mike

        its a shame that as intelligent as God has made us, we all ourselves stoop lower than animals. As promiscuous as a dog can be just as other animals, they will always mate with their own kind and opposite sex. I can imagine them laughing at Gay humans, Its a sickness, more of inferiority complex because, a lesbian hates guys, yet she sticks a dildo into her vagina or anus, a gay man hate women yet he sticks his dick in another man’s ass; all looking for the fake and inferior way cos they can’t handle the real thing.

        • MsAfroCAN

          Unfortunately you are showing your ignorance. Please see this Wikipedia article on homosexuality in the animal kingdom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals
          And for you to suggest that animals are laughing at us because of this issue is really sad. Animals don’t have our conscience, nor our intelligence, nor morals. Otherwise they wouldn’t be mating in public in front of you.

          • Mike

            This is the problem we have with people like you who think dey know. You only read in parts and are unable to apply deductive reasoning. The article rightly says ” According to Bruce Bagemihl, “the animal kingdom [does] it with much greater sexual diversity – including homosexual, bisexual and nonreproductive sex – than the scientific community and society at large have previously been willing to accept.”[5] Nevertheless, Bagemihl points out, this is “necessarily an account of human interpretations of these phenomena”.[6] Simon Levay introduced the further caveat that “Although homosexual behavior is very common in the animal world, it seems to be very uncommon that individual animals have a long-lasting predisposition to engage in such behavior to the exclusion of heterosexual activities. Thus, a homosexual orientation, if one can speak of such thing in animals, seems to be a rarity. One species in which exclusive homosexual orientation occurs, however, is that of domesticated sheep (Ovis aries).[8][9] “About 10% of rams (males) refuse to mate with ewes (females) but do readily mate with other rams.

            Mind you, three points were stated clearly which you fail to read or deliberately ignore in the article are : 1. “necessarily an account of human interpretations of these phenomena”

            2. Simon Levay introduced the further caveat that “Although homosexual behavior is very common in the animal world, it seems to be very uncommon that individual animals have a long-lasting predisposition to engage in such behavior to the exclusion of heterosexual activities. Thus, a homosexual orientation, if one can speak of such thing in animals, seems to be a rarity.

            3. One species in which exclusive homosexual orientation occurs, however, is that of domesticated sheep (Ovis aries).[8][9] “About 10% of rams (males) refuse to mate with ewes (females) but do readily mate with other rams.

            which means the sheep that are rared at home, human interaction has altered their ways of life; that is why it is stated “domesticated”, you won’t find such behaviours amongst animals living in their natural habitats away from human sick influence.

            I can go on, but i am too busy to indulge you. You have the right to your belief and i have the right to mine

          • Mike

            Taking you back to white enslaving us with religion: if you understand your bible, you will realise that there just served as instruments in the hand of God to reach the unsaved and also even the bible clearly says that God can raise up stones to worship Him if we don’t. In essence, just as Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed, God said he would never bring such destruction to earth, a plan be to take the gospel to the ends of the earth is what he used the white to do; thats why we understand the bible more that the messengers (white). and if you know the Jesus, then you won’t debate same sex.

          • Mike

            Just to enlighten us on the religious foundation on which gay law, bestiality, incest, etc. won’t be acceptable in a Christian faith.

            Forbidden Sex

            18 The Lord told Moses 2 to tell the people of Israel:

            I am the Lord your God! 3 So don’t follow the customs of Egypt where you used to live or those of Canaan where I am bringing you. 4 I am the Lord your God, and you must obey my teachings. 5 Obey them and you will live. I am the Lord.

            6 Don’t have sex with any of your close relatives, 7 especially your own mother. This would disgrace your father. 8 And don’t disgrace him by having sex with any of his other wives.9 Don’t have sex with your sister or stepsister, whether you grew up together or not. 10 Don’t disgrace yourself by having sex with your granddaughter 11 or half sister 12-13 or a sister of your father or mother. 14 Don’t disgrace your uncle by having sex with his wife. 15 Don’t have sex with your daughter-in-law 16 or sister-in-law. 17 And don’t have sex with the daughter or granddaughter of any woman that you have earlier had sex with. You may be having sex with a relative, and that would make you unclean. 18 As long as your wife is alive, don’t cause trouble for her by taking one of her sisters as a second wife.

            19 When a woman is having her monthly period, she is unclean, so don’t have sex with her.

            20 Don’t have sex with another man’s wife—that would make you unclean.

            21 Don’t sacrifice your children on the altar fires to the god Molech. I am the Lord your God, and that would disgrace me.

            22 It is disgusting for a man to have sex with another man.

            23 Anyone who has sex with an animal is unclean.

            24 Don’t make yourselves unclean by any of these disgusting practices of those nations that I am forcing out of the land for you. They made themselves 25 and the land so unclean, that I punished the land because of their sins, and I made it vomit them up. 26-27 Now don’t do these sickening things that make the land filthy. Instead, obey my laws and teachings.28 Then the land won’t become sick of you and vomit you up, just as it did them. 29-30 If any of you do these vulgar, disgusting things, you will be unclean and no longer belong to my people. I am the Lord your God, and I forbid you to follow their sickening way of life.

          • Mike

            Read from 22 down: Even God says it is disgusting. I am surprise that the same white man you claim enslave us with religion are unable to see or remembers this commandments. Don’t be fooled, people are afraid to confront their fears, weaknesses and sickness instead they want to be accepted for it; just as you fight to overcome cancer, kleptomania, pedophilia, incest; allow yourself fight against homosexuality because it is a perversion from the devil which brought down a whole city. Do not incur the wrath of God.

            22 It is disgusting for a man to have sex with another man.

            23 Anyone who has sex with an animal is unclean.

            24 Don’t make yourselves unclean by any of these disgusting practices of those nations that I am forcing out of the land for you. They made themselves 25 and the land so unclean, that I punished the land because of their sins, and I made it vomit them up. 26-27 Now don’t do these sickening things that make the land filthy. Instead, obey my laws and teachings.28 Then the land won’t become sick of you and vomit you up, just as it did them. 29-30 If any of you do these vulgar, disgusting things, you will be unclean and no longer belong to my people. I am the Lord your God, and I forbid you to follow their sickening way of life.

          • mikekear

            If you’re going to go down that route, what do you think of the following, Mike? Can I suggest you meditate and think about all the possible reasons as to why this focus on homosexuality is damaging to everyone in Nigeria, not least that it takes the focus away from all the real injustices going on.

            11 Things The Bible Bans, But You Do Anyway

            written by Sam Greenspan

            ….the conversation then took its natural turn to selective, self-serving
            interpretations of the Bible… finding a few verses that you can use to
            justify a position that lets you impose your morality on someone, and
            riding those verses hard and fast for the rest of your life.

            So I thought it’d be a good time to find a bunch of stuff that the Bible
            bans… stuff that’s a lot LESS convenient. Don’t worry, though…
            just because I’m pointing it out, that doesn’t mean you now have to
            follow it. It’s a lot easier to keep discriminating against gay people
            for no particular reason than to stop eating bacon, after all.

            Here are 11 things that are technically banned by the Bible. (All
            quotes are translations from the New American Standard Bible, but,
            because I’m actually trying to maintain serious journalistic integrity
            here, I cross-referenced several other translations to make sure I
            wasn’t missing the point.)

            This butt cut is a guaranteed one-way ticket to sin.Round haircuts. See you in Hell, Beatles… and/or kids with bowl cuts, surfer cuts or (my favorite) butt cuts. Leviticus 19:27 reads “You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard.”

            Football. At least, the pure version of football, where you
            play with a pigskin. The modern synthetic footballs are ugly and
            slippery anyways. Leviticus 11:8, which is discussing pigs, reads “You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.”

            And you’re doubly breaking that if you wake up, eat some sausage then go
            throw around the football. Or go to the county fair and enter a
            greased pig catching contest.

            Fortune telling. Before you call a 900 number (do people
            still call 900 numbers, by the way?), read your horoscope or crack open a
            fortune cookie, realize you’re in huge trouble if you do.

            Leviticus 19:31 reads “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them.
            I am the Lord your God.” The penalty for that? Check Leviticus 20:6:
            “As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the
            harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will
            cut him off from among his people.”

            Seems like a lifetime of exile is a pretty harsh penalty for talking to Zoltar.

            Pulling out. The Bible doesn’t get too much into birth
            control… it’s clearly pro-populating but, back when it was written, no
            one really anticipated the condom or the sponge, so those don’t get
            specific bans.

            But… pulling out does. One of the most famous sexual-oriented Bible
            verses… the one that’s used as anti-masturbation rhetoric… is
            actually anti-pulling out.

            It’s Genesis 38:9-10: “Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground
            in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was
            displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also.”

            Yep — pull out and get smote. That’s harsh.

            Banned.Tattoos. No tattoos. Leviticus 19:28 reads, “You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.”

            Not even a little butterfly on your ankle. Or Thug Life across your abdomen. Or even, fittingly enough, a cross.

            Polyester, or any other fabric blends. The Bible doesn’t want you to wear polyester. Not just because it looks cheap. It’s sinfully unnatural.

            Leviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed
            together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with
            two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.”

            Check the tag on your shirt right now. Didn’t realize you were mid-sin
            at this exact second, did you? (Unless you checked the tag by rolling
            off your neighbor’s wife while you two were having anal sex in the
            middle of robbing a blind guy. Then your Lycra-spandex blend is really
            the least of your problems.)

            Divorce. The Bible is very clear on this one: No divorcing.
            You can’t do it. Because when you marry someone, according to Mark
            10:8, you “are no longer two, but one flesh.” And, Mark 10:9 reads, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

            Mark gets even more hardcore about it a few verses later, in Mark
            10:11-12, “And He said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries
            another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces
            her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.’”

            Letting people without testicles into church. Whether you’ve
            been castrated or lost one or two balls to cancer isn’t important. The
            Bible doesn’t get that specific. It just says you can’t pray.

            Deuteronomy 23:1 reads (this is the God’s Word translation, which spells it out better), “A man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off may never join the assembly of the Lord.”

            Oh, and the next verse says that if you’re a bastard, the child of a
            bastard… or even have a
            great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of a bastard, you
            can’t come to church or synagogue either.
            Deuteronomy 23:2 reads, “No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the
            assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth
            generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord.”

            Wearing gold. 1 Timothy 2:9 doesn’t like your gold necklace
            at all. Or your pearl necklace. Or any clothes you’re wearing that you
            didn’t get from Forever 21, Old Navy or H&M.

            “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”

            Lobster, shrimp and clam chowder: All banned.Shellfish. Leviticus 11:10 reads, “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that
            does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water,
            and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are
            detestable things to you.” And shellfish is right in that wheelhouse.

            Leviticus 11 bans a TON of animals from being eaten (it’s THE basis for
            Kosher law); beyond shellfish and pig, it also says you can’t eat camel,
            rock badger, rabbit, eagle, vulture, buzzard, falcon, raven, crow,
            ostrich, owl, seagull, hawk, pelican, stork, heron, bat, winged insects
            that walk on four legs unless they have joints to jump with like
            grasshoppers (?), bear, mole, mouse, lizard, gecko, crocodile, chameleon
            and snail.

            Sorry if that totally ruins your plans to go to a rock badger eat-off this weekend.

            Your wife defending your life in a fight by grabbing your attacker’s genitals. No joke. Deuteronomy actually devotes two verses to this exact scenario: Deuteronomy 25:11-12.

            “If two men, a man and his countryman, are struggling together, and the
            wife of one comes near to deliver her husband from the hand of the one
            who is striking him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, then you shall cut off her hand; you shall not show pity.”

            That’s impossible to misinterpret. Ladies, if your husband is getting
            mugged, make sure to kick the mugger in the pills. Do not do the grip
            and squeeze (no matter what “Miss Congeniality” might advise). Or your
            hand needs to be cut off.

            As a final note, I know that nine of these 11 cite the Old Testament, which Christianity doesn’t necessarily adhere to as law.

            To which I say: If you’re going to ignore the section of Leviticus that
            bans about tattoos, pork, shellfish, round haircuts, polyester and
            football, how can you possibly turn around and quote Leviticus 18:22
            (“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an
            abomination.”) as irrefutable law?

            But that’s me trying to introduce logic to religious fanaticism (or, at
            least, trying to counter some mix of ignorance, bigotry and narcissism
            with logic). And I should probably know better.

            This list was originally published on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at 12:00:00 PM under the category Books.
            It currently has 1899 Comments.

          • MsAfroCAN

            I am AMAZED that you, the king of deductive reasoning read all that and conclude that “the sheep that are rared at home, human interaction has altered their ways of life; that is why it is stated “domesticated”, you won’t find such behaviours amongst animals living in their natural habitats away from human sick influence.” Yes or no question: Are you saying that human interaction turned the sheep into homosexuals? And if so, how exactly do humans do that? I have now heard it ALL. Are you serious? LMAO! Let’s leave this alone. A waste of my brain power. Really sad. No wonder Africa is in the state that its in if this is what we think deductive reasoning is.

          • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

            Well, I wouldn’t bother too much with him. The fool who thinks he’s wise, is an even bigger fool.

        • mikekear

          A lot of heterosexuals enjoy anal sex too. What a ludicrous way of thinking Mike. Why don’t you put your energy to positive thoughts and love?

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  • http://humanityinblackness.blogspot.com/ Darzkin

    Realistically, democracy doesn’t exist in Nigeria, especially when a small class of political elites have a monopoly on governing power and are able to repress the will of the masses. What we have is a state ran by oligarchs and plutocrats who see people as objects to be controlled for their own self-absorbed needs. I believe everyone’s humanity should be recognized under democratic law, but the truth remains that even heterosexual men and women don’t have human rights in Nigeria, so we can just imagine when gay rights would be acknowledged.

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  • Dilichukwu Nwankwo

    On the issue of who is abnormal and who is not. I think we have a sense of values that guide us on propriety of behavior or conduct. You might as well argue that majority belief madness is abnormal just because mad people are in the minority. I bet you, the one you see as a mad person seriously believes that you are the mad one.
    I may not advocate punishment for private sexual orientation but I think shoving homosexuality down our throat as an acceptable social behavior is one step to far.
    Chimamanda, you have been way influenced by Westernization; I think you should lean back in retrospect, and remember where you are coming from.
    My approach: Sieve – take the good and dump the bad.

  • Joni Loring

    Of course pedophilia and dogs are wrong to have sex with. People who pass laws like this don’t seem to understand the part about consentual adults.

  • Joni Loring

    Of course pedophilia and dogs are wrong to have sex with. People who pass laws like this don’t seem to understand the part about consentual adults.

  • Joni Loring

    Of course pedophilia and dogs are wrong to have sex with. People who pass laws like this don’t seem to understand the part about consentual adults.

  • Joni Loring

    Of course pedophilia and dogs are wrong to have sex with. People who pass laws like this don’t seem to understand the part about consentual adults.

    • Dilichukwu Nwankwo

      Why is paedophilia and bestiality wrong, but homosexuality not wrong. who determines what is right or wrong?
      Is it the West who came to Africa preaching Christian values because it suited them then, but now turned against the same Christianity they brought and trying to force us to also conform.
      Why don’t you go tell it to Saudi, Iran, or Yemen?
      So much for ‘Consenting Adults’!

      • Uyi Nosa-Odia

        Have you been to these places you just mentioned? Bro, you truly are what is wrong with Nigeria…ignorance! Didn’t you see videos and photos of sex accessories, condoms and what have you in the islamist boko haram sect’s camp when it was invaded by the army? Repressing your people is not a way to show they are “holy”.

      • MsAfroCAN

        The difference between those countries you mention & Africa is they (mostly) also uphold the REST of the law. If you really believe in your faith, then all sin is equal & most Nigeria politrickians will also be in prison. But no, gluttony is OK, rape is OK, stealing is OK.
        Please ask yourself why you always group homosexuality, paedophelia & bestiality in the same group? Oh and the same Nigeria where young girls are married to old men? Isn’t that paedophelia? Shouldn’t that be punishable by the same standards? This law cannot be taken seriously.

  • Ojobor Chidozie

    Hi Chimamnda I must sincerely confess that I commend your boldness to face up such controversy in a time as critical in Nigeria. However, my reservations as regards your opinion is directly opposite and interestingly, unwavering. A candid quote from the prolific writer and philosopher Thomas Hobbes reminds me that “men are innately born to be brutal, boorish, with potentials of devilment”. That is who a natural man is, your friend Sochukwuma inclusive.

    Sochukwuma I believe was born into a family laden with the first responsibility to tailor and legislate his character especially the excesses so that he fits into his immediate niche. It is the duty of his family to make him into what he should be cos no one is born fully made. So, arguing that men are who they are and shouldn’t be bothered by the law is a gross misconception and misinterpretation of rule. Every society has a code of conduct and Nigeria has been faithful enough to declare one of its many. I therefore think that any one who treads the line by rebelling is commiting a crime. A crime is a crime when it is against the law. And the law is what the lawmakers call it to be. It is unfortunate Sochukwuma and his likes can’t fit into this particular constitutional atmosphere.

    I will also like to point out that one may not successfully be able to disentangle faith from the law. Whether you’re a free thinker, moslem, Buddhist whatever, your faith guides all that you do. So arguing that Nigeria may be in the act of unnecessarily magnifying the Bible is inconsistent. If you say so, then what would you say about the “In God we trust” on America dollar bill?. Faith, rulership, law, politics- are all interwoven, they are more similar than dissimilar.

    I understand we want to attain an egalitarian society someday. However, this will not be replaced with dissolution of our values, our law, the power of our government and the belief we have in it. As the family is the smallest unit of every society, I believe Nigeria will checkmate such crime Sochukwuma’s family failed to.

    • Elvis

      Unfortunately, you’ve not added anything meaningful to the topic, you support the injustice in your country and you would see people’s rights taken away because you support your government.

      • anengiyefa

        Elvis, blame it on ignorance and lack of knowledge and understanding. Where there is no basic understanding of what homosexuality actually is, many will hold an absurd view concerning it, as is the case with most Nigerians, (who receive little or no formal sex education), and indeed homophobic people the world over. Its about education really..

        • aijosh

          Are you for real? Seriously?
          First, can you please tell me the difference between formal and informal sexual education.

          • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

            Its not surprising that you don’t know the difference! You, obviously, have received no formal education on sex and sexuality and that ‘s why you make the ridiculous statements that you have been making all over this discussion forum. This is how ignorant most Nigerians are, comparing sexual orientation with sex crimes like bestiality and incest etc as you have been doing! Go and get yourself some education and stop making an ass of yourself in public!

          • aijosh

            There is no need to get all rude and offensive. I thought you were educated.
            I only asked a simple question that needed a simple answer. If you don’t know the answer, just be quiet, instead of throwing insults all around. Mtchew!!!

    • Akitoye

      I am sorry to say this but you are a clear example of what is wrong with Nigeria and its people
      Always wanting to fit in, yet you expect change. It is not a family job to change an individual personality. the beauty of the human race a sad on that it is, is that we are all different
      why let this injustice continue, why let your fellow human being be prosecuted because of what they are.
      your mentality is what people used to justify slavery racism and all the atrocities that we human have caused for each other since the dawn of or race.
      what pains me the most in your comment is that you are clearly educated yet you choose backwardness
      I am 20 years old I have lived in nigeria all my life yet every day when I put on the tv to watch. I feel nothing but resent and disgust for our country.. Shame is what I feel just shame and you too should be ashamed that a country in 2013 can pass a law allowing child marriage basically making pedophilia legal because some religion allows it
      Thank you for ruining my day I am utterly ashamed

      • Ojobor Chidozie

        Interesting Akintoye, why am I not surprised? Let me first correct that you lose the point of any debate when you resort to attack on person. Unfortunately, you have made that lapse of yours overt. Your premise supports leaving man’s cultural disposition ( his way of life) in the hands of nature. Seriously, that is absolutely unfounding because humans are born untamed and irrational. This is where the law takes effect – to nurture the society, to make an abode of sanity. The wants of man are numerous, unsatisfiable so thinking they should be left “the way they are” is unglorifying. Nigeria has come to be a state obtained and any vice that alarms the state should be brought under law. You talk about deprivation, does it not occur to you that the majority feel deprived already of their sense of safety. We feel it will be a precursor to other inhumane vices(pedophilia an example). This is who we are as a nation and this is definitive of us.

        I am not gay and do not know how it feels to be one but condemning this Sovereign state on such a matter doesn’t add up. I do not condemn gays but I condemn homosexual relationships. A more justified argument would have been the government setting up Rehabilitation centres to help this set of people and not clamouring for “Live the way you’re born”

        • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

          Don’t be ridiculous! It was once the law that black people and white people were not equal and could not marry or live together in the same place. It was once the “law” in parts of your country that twins must be killed immediately after birth! I am a lawyer of 30 years’ standing and I know what the LAW is, so please if you don’t know something, just stay silent rather than spewing rubbish!

          Natural law demands the respect of the individual rights and freedoms of all human beings, insofar as those rights and freedoms do not infringe upon the rights of others. The sexual orientation of an individual is a natural attribute, which that individual ought to have the right to express as Nature has intended. If you don’t understand it, this does not mean it is wrong.

          You do not understand the respect for the rights of others because of the poor quality of the education you and others like you have received. Why do you suppose that the better educated societies of the world are also the most tolerant, the most law abiding, the most humane and the least homophobic? The ignorance, the backwardness and the barbarity of Nigeria is appalling! It is in Nigeria that even in 2014 people are still being brutally beaten to death on the streets while people, including police, stand by and watch! This is not surprising, when the majority are just as ignorant as you are, and seem to be proud of it!

        • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

          Don’t be ridiculous! It was once the law that black people and white people were not equal and could not marry or live together in the same place. It was once the “law” in parts of your country that twins must be killed immediately after birth! I am a lawyer of 30 years’ standing and I know what the LAW is, so please if you don’t know something, just stay silent rather than spewing rubbish!

          Natural law demands the respect of the individual rights and freedoms of all human beings, insofar as those rights and freedoms do not infringe upon the rights of others. The sexual orientation of an individual is a natural attribute, which that individual ought to have the right to express as Nature has intended. If you don’t understand it, this does not mean it is wrong.

          You do not understand the respect for the rights of others because of the poor quality of the education you and others like you have received. Why do you suppose that the better educated societies of the world are also the most tolerant, the most law abiding, the most humane and the least homophobic? The ignorance, the backwardness and the barbarity of Nigeria is appalling! It is in Nigeria that even in 2014 people are still being brutally beaten to death on the streets while people, including police, stand by and watch! This is not surprising, when the majority are just as ignorant as you are, and seem to be proud of it!

        • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

          Don’t be ridiculous! It was once the law that black people and white people were not equal and could not marry or live together in the same place. It was once the “law” in parts of your country that twins must be killed immediately after birth! I am a lawyer of 30 years’ standing and I know what the LAW is, so please if you don’t know something, just stay silent rather than spewing rubbish!

          Natural law demands the respect of the individual rights and freedoms of all human beings, insofar as those rights and freedoms do not infringe upon the rights of others. The sexual orientation of an individual is a natural attribute, which that individual ought to have the right to express as Nature has intended. If you don’t understand it, this does not mean it is wrong.

          You do not understand the respect for the rights of others because of the poor quality of the education you and others like you have received. Why do you suppose that the better educated societies of the world are also the most tolerant, the most law abiding, the most humane and the least homophobic? The ignorance, the backwardness and the barbarity of Nigeria is appalling! It is in Nigeria that even in 2014 people are still being brutally beaten to death on the streets while people, including police, stand by and watch! This is not surprising, when the majority are just as ignorant as you are, and seem to be proud of it!

          • Ojobor Chidozie

            Mr Alagoa, you should think that the last thing that matters to me is your portfolio cos if you could come out to publicly sound uncalculated and non-academic, then your acclaimed mastery of the Law is doubtful. Until 1973, before the westerners gained “better education” to argue similarly as you are, this act was viewed as sexual disorderliness. That the western world has adopted it today doesn’t justify it. Nigeria has strong ties to culture and morality and the heap of countless political problems we are facing is enough for us all to drown our heads in the sea of worries. We don’t want such controversies to add to it. I don’t know where you come from but I’m sure Nigerian families are concerned about the safety of their children, that they shouldn’t be exposed to the madness that comes with civility which people like you embellish with quack interpretations of the law. I have been to some western countries and many of them lack the slightest string of morality for healthy child rearing. They get amazed at our composure as Africans. Deep down they wish they could be same way. We don’t want to lose that dais of glory on demonically-fuelled interpretation of the law. Come to think of it, who said Western countries who are doing lot better than Nigeria are because they chose to adopt gays. This is fallacious as the two stories have no ring to marry them. Why would you also think this is of equal debate in other countries other than Nigeria? It is because a crop of people somewhere in the world still maintain a quantum of decency and appropriate mannerism. Call it whatever, fight for it in court(since you’re a lawyer), your opinion bothers me less as there are many who won’t condone the imminent bedlam.

          • Uyi Nosa-Odia

            One too many, I hear folks talk about Nigeria or Africa being “culture”d and “traditions”. I don’t really understand because the last time I checked, both words are English! I don’t know any people more cultured and moralistic as the French and Englishmen. Decades from now, I can see myself watching movies showing how we acted on ignorance and religious intolerance killing our own because they were different. I wanna be able to look at my children and tell them I never supported it. I’m not gay, nor am I a believer of any religion. But one thing is true, the desire they feel are sincere deep hearted love that can only come from a sense of genuity.

          • http://stephenmatlock.com/ BetweenTwoWorlds

            This is a very good response.

          • MsAfroCAN

            Funny that these culture and tradition came from elsewhere!! These religions we so revere are not even ours. African values were COLONIZED too!! How many who say homosexuality is unAfrican actually know whether or not we had homosexuals before the white man came?

          • aijosh

            “the desire they feel are sincere deep hearted love that can only come from a sense of genuity”. Yeah. And its the same with those who commit incest, bestiality and pedophiles.
            Its wrong and abnormal whether you accept it or not. Because it has been tolerated doesn’t make it right.
            People can make anything look good if it favours them and this is the case with this topic. Its just sad

          • Guest

            One sad thing about Nigeria is that so many people believe that they are experts, on every subject, and have the right to speak authoritatively about things they know absolutely nothing about!

            Most countries in the world are doing better than Nigeria because those countries value and respect the rights of ALL their citizens! To legalize discrimination against a segment of any society is an inherently and fundamentally wrong thing to do! Homosexuality is a naturally occurring phenomenon, which which has been with humankind from the beginning of his existence on this planet. This is something that science has come to realise in the last few decades (and much of the rest of the world too).

            The difference between a progressive society and backward society is that the progressive society adapts to change; laws are constantly reviewed and passed with reference to advances in scientific knowledge and the underlying respect human rights. Societal attitudes evolve and change accordingly. This is why it is a progressive society. On the other hand, the backward society clings to stasis, and is frightened of change. It lacks imagination and clings to thousands-year-old ideas that don’t stand up to scientific scrutiny and modern rationality.

            I think people like you you should just accept that you are completely uninformed and then you should make an effort to acquire some knowledge, so that you don’t continue coming come into public spaces to embarrass yourself as you have been doing.

          • aijosh

            I don’t wasn’t foolish knowledge.

            Terrorism is a naturally occurring phenomenon, which which has been with humankind from the beginning of his existence on this planet. This is something that science has come to realise in the last few decades (and much of the rest of the world too).

            Maybe we should legalize terrorism too.
            Abeg. Park well. BRT dey come

          • Guest

            One sad thing about Nigeria is that so many people believe that they are experts, on every subject, and have the right to speak authoritatively about subjects they know absolutely nothing about!

            Most countries in the world are doing better than Nigeria because those countries value and respect the rights of ALL their citizens! To legalize discrimination against a segment of any society is an inherently and fundamentally wrong thing to do! Homosexuality is a naturally occurring phenomenon, which which has been with humankind from the beginning of his existence on this planet. This is something that science has come to realise in the last few decades, and much of the rest of the world too.

            The difference between a progressive society and a backward society is that the progressive society adapts to change; laws are constantly reviewed and passed with reference to advances in scientific knowledge, with the underlying respect human rights. Societal attitudes evolve and change accordingly. This is why it IS a progressive society. On the other hand, the backward society clings to stasis, and is frightened of change. It lacks imagination and holds on desperately to thousands-year-old ideas that don’t stand up to scientific scrutiny and modern rationality.

            I think people like you you should just accept that you are completely uninformed and then you should make an effort to acquire some knowledge, so that you don’t continue coming come into public spaces to embarrass yourself as you have been doing.

      • Gay African

        Don’t let this idiot ruin your day. You are not responsible for him.

    • mikekear

      Ojobor,
      I suggest in that case the people of Nigeria go through their documents (the Bible, the Quran etc) and make a list of ALL the “laws” that their people break such as divorce, women speaking in church etc… the list is rather long. The bible clearly states that all sins are equal. If that is the case, why does the church not have such enthusiasm for bringing to task ALL of those sins, but focuses so heavily on homosexuality? It is fear and the desire to pick on a minority, used by those in power to deflect attention from where it is needed most, correcting the real injustices of their own behaviour. Behaviourists suggest strongly such homophobic activity it is akin to bullying in a school playground. I encourage you to have a think of the deeper dynamics that cause the reasons for bullying. (“As long as someone else is getting the focus of negative energy, it isn’t going to be me.” is one such reason.)
      One of the key messages of the New Testament is a call to LOVE. Why do you and your people not put as much effort into that calling as you do into hating and repressing?
      “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce
      you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to
      you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not
      notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your
      brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log
      in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye,
      and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s
      eye.” Matthew 7:1-5
      I will leave that for you to ponder.

      • MsAfroCAN

        I totally agree. This is NOTHING like the definition of love in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

      • aijosh

        good. but the spec is still in your brothers eye.
        I’m guessing u are suggesting everyone should go around with logs in their eyes and cause untold havoc? Am I right?

    • Gay African

      Ojobor Chidozie- while you were busy defending your governments persecution of homosexuals, Boko Haram continued to slaughter innocent children. That is where your family, society and religion failed you… otherwise you would know that there are more pressing issues that need to be addressed in Nigeria other than homosexuality.

      • Ojobor Chidozie

        True, there are more pressing issues that needs to be addressed in Nigeria- the more reason we have dismissed issues relating to gay relationships. It is the least thing the society demands to progress. You sound pathetic to think that Nigeria is the only country that opposes such anomaly. Or do you ever imagine yourself and your proponents as more civilised? You claim granting all sorts of “human rights” make you “Live and Let Live”, little do you know that resistance to certain demands as this preserves your race. Put a frog in a kettle, heat it, increase the intensity little by little and the frog dies without the slightest leap. Gay relationships will tear our morals into decadence and because people like you won’t perceive it, it will kill Nigeria without the slightest leap.

        • Gay African

          There are a number of things I can think of that are resulting to the distraction of Nigeria eg, corruption, religious violence, ethnic violence, tribal violence, lack of infrastructure, exploitation of resources whose profits go to the minority in the ruling class etc etc, I can assure you that homosexuality is probably the one that is hurting you, your family and your neighbor the least.

          Open your eyes man and see the light…oh thats right, power shortages; another reason why you will forever be in the dark.

          If I were you, I would probably spend your time responding to the other people on this comment section because there are absolutely nothing you can type that would make me see your narrow point of view filled with hate. Nothing.

          So save it for somebody else.

  • Lloyd

    Excellent article. I was giving up hope I would read anything with any sense from a Nigerian perspective when it comes to the LGBT issues. The law is an embarrassment for Nigeria. It reaffirms why people call Ng the third world. It is nasty and has no place in a modern country. As this article points out, lets get our priorities straight: lets fix the electricity, the sanitation and what about the rampant corruption in the parliament? Bet they won’t deal with that.

    • Dilichukwu Nwankwo

      It only makes sense when it supports your depraved views.

      • Lloyd

        depraved? why cos I don’t think people should be lynched and paraded through the streets like f&king animals? I don’t understand how people can be so nasty to one another

        • Dilichukwu Nwankwo

          Depraved because we have a value system we hold on to, and people like you from nowhere are trampling upon it – Upon the desire of 200 million population.
          what makes your views superior to the legacy views of many?
          It is also important to point out that the Law does not empower lynching or mob justice; bloodthirsty individuals are only taking advantage of public sentiments to commit atrocities.
          Admitted Nigeria has a lot of problems to tackle – corruption being the chief – but we must not condone one because we need to solve the other.

          • Lloyd

            A value system..bahahaha. For a Christian nation you guys are screwed up big time…you’d rather see a 13 year old girl married to a tycoon then a loving gay relationship. Nigeria is widely known as one of the most corrupt dangerous places on Earth. Why are the most homophobic countries always the most poorest?

          • Uyi Nosa-Odia

            My good friend, sometimes ignorance can make us talk foolishly but eloguently too. I bet you never had any form of unbiased objective sex education during you adolescent years. It is not too late to do so. I’ve found that the illiterates of the 21st century are not those who cannot read or write but those who do not read or write.

          • Ayo

            Dilichukwu, you appear to be an intelligent character but Depraved!!!!….Nah… Depravity is when a 50 year old man sleeps with a 13 year old girl, when politicians steal billions of NGN and are celebrated in their little villages, depravity is when a ‘the man of the house’ tramples on his wife..depravity is forcibly entering peoples house, publicly humiliating and debasing them..because they are suspected of being homosexual, forcing them to have sex in public and jeering at them…. I could go on and on and on.

            The Government in enacting this Act is just seeking cheap political points..because frankly speaking…how important is this matter to you and I, on a daily basis!. The Government has not performed and it needs to show to the masses that it has at least done 1 thing right!

            In my eyes the government is yet to perform! As this Act is so unnecessary and causes more harm to the society that good. Have you seen the recent mob actions!, have you heard of recent extort ions by the Police, neighbors, anonymous callers etc,..you wouldn’t know would you? As far as you are concerned, these people who are quietly going about with their daily business are the cause of the problems in your society and they must suffer hugely for it!!

            As I earlier said, you appear to be an intelligent person!

            I shall say no more!

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  • Chiedu7

    @Chimamanda Adichie: Let me explain to you what Faggotory does to a nation.

    The bible say’s that Righteousness exhalts a nation.

    Proverbs 14:34

    Righteousness exalteth a nation:

    So the opposite of Righteousness is Sin. The opposite of exalteth is decrease(destroy).

    Now the opposite of “Righteousness exalteth a nation” is
    “SIN DESTROYS A NATION” this the bible say’s

    Proverbs 14:34b
    but sin is a reproach to any people.
    So you can see that Queers have an adverse effect on the nation.

    Just like taking recreational drugs for personal private use is illegal, likewise shirt lifting is illegal and above all a SIN.

    Leviticus 18:22(KJV)
    Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

    • Cray

      While we’re on the topic of things the Bible forbids:

      Leviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.”
      (Cross-breeding? Wrong. All the clothes you’re wearing right now? They’re forbidden in the Bible. Take them off.)

      Mark 10:9 reads, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
      (Get a divorce? WRONG.)

      1 Timothy 2:9 “Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments.”
      (Braid your hair? You’re going to hell. Wear a gold chain? Hell)

      Leviticus 10:6 “Uncover not your heads, neither rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people.”
      (Always wear a hat!)

      Leviticus 19:27 “Ye shall not round the corners of your heads.”
      (Stop cutting your hair. You’ll go to hell)

      Leviticus 19:19 “Thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed.”
      (Don’t plant your beans next to your corn. You’ll go to hell)

      Leviticus 10:9 “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die.”

      (Drinking the blood of Christ as wine? Not so much)

      Come back when ALL these things are incorporated into national law, then we’ll talk.

      • MsAfroCAN

        Yes yes yes!!!! Oh and please remind them that gluttony & thievery, which many Christians are guilty of, are going to the same hell as the gays they’re so hell bent on destroying.

    • Daniel Stephen Lopes

      Why is it that the people who love to quote the Bible are always the worst at interpreting it?

      Jesus’ entire message was one of love, acceptance and fraternity.

    • anengiyefa

      And the only thing recognised as “sin”in Nigeria is homosexuality, right? If no, then why do you choose to ignore all those other “abominations” in your bible? Why is your bitterness limited to gays only?

      Is it rational to argue that Nigerian citizens who are homosexual pose a greater threat to the well-being of the nation than the political leaders who continue to plunder the country’s resources while holding down more than 80 percent of the population in poverty? Is it not in Nigeria where you have a rampant paedophile holding a seat in the upper legislative chamber and sitting as a senator? Is this not the same Nigeria where billion-dollar thieves in government and business are awarded national honours? Please don’t embarrass yourself.

    • Ayo

      Here we go again! Reeling verses from the Bible and completely missing the point!

      That is why Nigeria has to focus on getting the physiological needs of her people right!! Education! Education!! Education!!! and I don’t mean paper qualifications!!!

    • bettathinktwice

      Ah yes, the good old white Christian way of “explaining” things by throwing derogatory terms at others, responding to whatever else has been said with completely out-of-context scripture, but oops “I didn’t say it – god did”, and if you don’t wanna listen you will be destroyed for eternity. All in all a beautifully totalitarian celestial regime devoid of any actual morals, rational critical thinking or humanity, forever stuck in the mindset of the bronze-age middle-eastern pagans who wrote your “holy” book.

    • Uyi Nosa-Odia

      Many woes have befalling Nigeria because we are uneducated. I was chatting with a girl of 23 who strongly uphold no sex before marriage. We talked constructively not trying to pull each other down. Then I discovered something we’ve all missed in this great country. Nigerians are never thought about sex in academic quarters. And so, we don’t have sexual orientation. Many think sex to be a reproductive ritual and as such must only be performed by married people for the sole purpose of breeding species. This is also where gay unacceptance finds its root. We learn about sex from churches as Christians and as such are fed lies and inhuman doctrines. My dear, believing that you’re a descendant of Abraham and that god created Adam and Eve over what your Igbo folklore upholds to be the origin of mankind is the height of white supremism. We can’t be so gullible.

      • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

        Nigerians receive education of a very poor quality. They do not receive any formal sex and sexuality education at all! There are many so-called ‘graduates’ of Nigerian universities who can barely read and write, as alluded to by Ms Adichie in her piece. The overwhelmingly ignorant reactions that we have seen to the issue of homosexuality by Nigerians is clear proof of this.

        Comparing homosexuality to bestiality and paedophilia, as so many Nigerians are wont to do, is akin to arguing fervently in 2014 that the earth is flat, or that the moon is made of cheese. How ridiculous is that!

        I think that Nigerian educationalists and the Nigerian education system in general are failing Nigeria, given that they are not adequately preparing Nigerians for the world of the 21st century, a time when other countries are advancing in giant leaps. This causes me to worry greatly for my country.

  • Ninay

    if Homosexuality is natural, nature would have created lubricant.

  • http://blog.siggon.org/ Siggon-Kristov

    I like the sentiments expressed in this article, and I will add that I am pro-LGBT, but Democracy, in its purest form, is mob justice. What has happened isn’t a failure of Democracy, but rather Democracy overdone because no-one applied limitations to it.

    What we, in this modern age, want to call “Democracy” today, is really Liberal Democracy and is closer to Polity or Constitutionalism than actual Democracy.

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  • Tata Simo Ogbuefi

    Chimamanda, your allusions could be misleading. Would you turn gay just because a majority of people around you are gay? Has corruption become normal in Nigeria simply because a majority of Nigerians are practicing it? The money the west is pumping and corrupting African governments into legalizing homosexuality, could it not serve a better purpose? Which is more heinous, a government (Nigeria, Cameroon etc) that criminalizes homosexuality or that (Obama’s US) which refuses to give aid to another or intervene in a military conflict (taking its toll on millions of children) simply because the concerned gov’t has banned homosexual practices?. I ask you and your gay rights campaigners…why is the west so bent on getting Africa in this evil? Did they help us fight the corruption and power shortages you mentioned?. Isn’t exporting technology to African more beneficial than exporting debased moral values? Note that these doesn’t mean I am in support of aid or whatsoever from the west. The reaction of the Nigerian government and other African nations is quite timely. Had we fought corruption and embezzlement with such passion, we would have been better off today. A stitch in time saves ten. Evil is evil, whether the people condemning it have electricity, god government or not. It is not relative.

    • MsAfroCAN

      How does one ‘turn’ gay? Please list the steps down for us, since you seem to know how it works.

  • MsAfroCAN

    Africans are really really sad. First, we’re colonised by force or by trickery. Then foreign religions are forced down our throats. We take those religions and now use them against our own. And then we blame those who brought those religions to us for turning some of us ‘gay’. And now we make laws that do not even make logical sense to further alienate ourselves from each other. Meanwhile, those writing these laws are stealing from our pockets and making us focus on gay people instead of all the post independence treachery and evil we suffer at the hands of our own. WAKE UP AFRICA!!

    • neodymium

      EWOO…it is a shame I tell you. If there was a God he’s probably sitting on a couch somewhere eating popcorn and laughing at our sad excuse for Reality TV.

  • George K.

    Chimamanda to me have always been a good poet since i found out about
    her. Fyi, you will always be, but your opinion on issues like this
    should be yours and for those who share same with you. Note, that a
    country is govern by its government and not some external body or
    government interferring. Nigeria has taken a stance on the issue of gay
    and this is in consonance to the aspirations of its people. Note also,
    that the law did not encourage homosexuals or gays to be lynch, instead
    it stated punishment to them as a way to keep them away from public
    awareness.

    Think about it, how much this gay lifestyle have
    caused its practitioners. talk of serious health challenges associated
    with this habit: Anal Cancer,
    Gay Bowel Syndrome etc. just to
    mention a few. Now, i am not saying there are no health challenges
    associated with heterosexuals, but we all know these are far cry compare
    to above. I think Nigeria’s stance on this, is for the best of its
    people and we support it. However, no one is saying go kill a gay!

    This
    is your opinion but Nigerians and other individuals have their contrary opinions
    and should not be discounted for not supporting yours.

    • bettathinktwice

      How incredibly nice of you not to say kill them – just completely ruin peoples lives by putting them in jail for more than a decade. I’m sure Nigerian prisons are a pristine environment for health and mental well being. A true humanitarian you are, I really must say.

    • MsAfroCAN

      The only problem is…people are using such laws to go and lynch them. You see, when you add stupid+ ignorant to such a law, people die. Ask Ugandans.

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  • Pompey Esezobor

    ….And
    the Islamic religion condemns homosexual-ism too.The law of a country reflects
    the cultural and traditional belief of a country.Nigeria is our country and we are happy with this law.
    Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie, i know one day you will thank the Nigerian government when you are looking for a place to raise her future kids….I rest my case!

    • Ayo

      Please speak for yourself! Are you saying that one cannot raise kids in other countries with a different perspective on this matter?

      What has been said all along is that persecution of a minority for no apparent reason is absurd! daft! and with time history will prove the Nigerian Government WRONG!

      Pray tell were gay/lesbian couples rushing to the alter to get married? Is such a relationship openly celebrated in Nigeria? Were homosexuals parading themselves and clamouring for rights, I really fail to see the relevance and import of this Act. In today’s Nigeria with all our suffering!!!

      You obviously are in agreement with it, so please educate me… How is this Act going to reducing my daily suffering….no light, no water, bad roads, no decent job, can hardly string 2 sentences together, cant eat two balanced meals in a day, struggle to pay my rent, One-chance has just stolen my pay cheque! Where is the Nigerian Government,…..oh they are busy enacting laws that would prevent consenting adults to congregate and enrich their lives… The family Law in Nigeria prevents homosexual marriages anyway so this has never been an issue talk less of it being an epidemic!!!

      How so smart!!

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  • damola

    if you are making an argument that gay marriage is unafrican, and backing that argument with christianity, then you have defeated the whole purpose of your argument because Christianity was brought to us by western cultutre

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  • Uyi Nosa-Odia

    Sometime ago, i wrote a letter to my unborn child and posted it on facebook. Do well to read it below.

    Dear Son,

    You must have read and probably seen movies showing a time in our history when we discriminated our kind ‘cos they were different. I too had in my time that kinda feelings about how we blacks suffered really badly because we were different. And like you, each time I read books or saw movies about the slave trade, black discrimination, I could never find a place inside to contain it. The truth is, I tried hard not to believe it ever happened.

    For as much as I lied to myself that fifty years before my time, being black was a crime, I experienced first hand just how being human was a crime too. At least, being some kind of human; the one you read about now, probably your friend, neighbour or even you. My generation called them really demeaning names and showed them stench hatred. We could not allow them among us. We never cared to understand them. Why should we? Our religion never told us to.

    For as long as they didn’t do “it” as “normal” as we the “majority” did, that was their judgment. I say majority because in my days, being normal, having normal feelings was how the majority played. Or maybe that’s what we thought. I guess your generation is the best judge of this now. We didn’t allow for middle grounds, grays…”god” made them man and woman, end of story.

    Some of us used “holy” books to support our claim of their ill and degenerated ways. Our parliaments and other government arms armed themselves to the teeth in doing harm to the existence of this “abnormal” kind. We even worked out scientific proves to justify why they should never be allowed to live. Maybe that’s were we got it wrong, living.

    Time has taught us all that to live life, the ultimate right is owned by the “liver”. We now know that for everyone who builds the society in as little a way as to live in it, he deserves as much space and freedom to lead a life befitting his desires as a honorable being, completely void of prejudice or discrimination for being human.

    Your Dad.

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  • damola

    http://www.punchng.com/news/borno-massacre-death-toll-now-146/ all this is going on and it is the gay men Goodluck Jonathan is seeing as an important issue in Nigeria, It is the gay men you people are determined will destroy Nigera?

    • MsAfroCAN

      Funny how they never reply to comments that point out the true evils

  • fredmboma

    Chimamanda homosexualism is deviant behaviour that must be checked and arrested for the common good of society. There’s nothing praiseworthy about using the EXIT door for ENTRANCE.

    • lurker133

      What would you do, round them up and have them executed? You speak of persecution of gays “for the common good of society” but can’t even demonstrate the harm they have done. Shame

      • fredmboma

        The harm is in trying to boldly take their act into the public. They ask for things like “Gay marriage”. It’s akin to nudity. It’s OK if you keep it within four walls, but (for the common good of society) it’s not OK if you take it outside. And you don’t harm anybody when you walk in nude, do you?

        • MsAfroCAN

          gay marriage = nudity? What level of ignorance is this?

          • fredmboma

            It’s called “simile”. It’s a useful tool when trying to explain anything. Now give it a try, make yours.

          • aLuoGirl

            There is no relationship between gay marriage and nudity. OK how about stupid is akin to fredmboma? Stay ignorant. And remember, only a few Ugandans were covering their genitalia when the white man came and now all of a sudden Ugandans have issues with nudity? You’re a great example of colonization of the mind.

          • fredmboma

            So you are going to talk tough now. Making noise in stead of making points. You are very intelligent, sister.

  • olakunle olatunji

    Love is Love. I support it.

  • aijosh

    Homosexuality is a crime. It harms the society and I know you know it so please spare us the BS. People make mistakes so I wont judge you ma(Chimamanda Adichie), I’ll just assume its one of those mistakes we just have to make.

    But if by chance you really mean this BS, please tell me: Tomorrow, would you tell us to tolerate people who choose to sleep with animals and those fathers who choose to sleep with their daughters too? Would you tell us there are no victims involved? Would you say its their choice to do whatever they want with their sex life?

    Where do we draw the line between sanity and insanity?

    The truth, and with due respect, I’m sorry to say, is that these guys are subject to the law of natural selection and in normal conditions they should have naturally not been selected to survive but because of technology, education, development bla bla, they have survived and that’s good. I’m happy that one more person is alive but we can now only tolerate them and let them live their years amongst us. We should not let them corrupt the normal species around and infect us with their disease.

    • bettathinktwice

      I kindly recommend you pick up a book about biology sometime.

      • aijosh

        I know you are a biology scholar. But everything is not biology. Maybe you should come back when you’ve calmed down and re-read my post and your textbook again

        • bettathinktwice

          whatever dude. let me keep it simple for you because you seem to get confused easily:

          STRAIGHT PEOPLE = 100% OK

          HOMOSEXUAL PEOPLE = 100% OK (IT”S NONE OF YOUR FREAKIN’ BUSINESS!)

          CHILD ABUSERS OF ANY DECENT = 2000% NOT OK

          INCEST = REALLY REALLY BAD, YET CHRISTIANS BELIEVE THAT”S HOW HUMANITY CAME ALONG AND LOTS OF THEM STILL DO IT

          ANIMAL SEX = YOU”RE OBVIOUSLY A PERV

    • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

      And where do you think homosexuals come from if not from heterosexual parents? Pray tell us, because maybe you know something that we don’t know, since you’ve raised natural selection as a possible explanation for the survival of the homosexual members of the human species.

      And while we are at it, please explain how those homosexual ancestral Africans and those from every other indigenous people all around the world who lived their lives in the days before the advent of modernity, benefited from modern “technology, education and development”. In case you didn’t know, the true history of Africa is replete with traditions of homosexual practices in several traditional African societies

      Is it not Ignorance such as yours that actually is a more dangerous threat to humanity than homosexuality can ever be?

      • aijosh

        Where else would they come from if not heterosexual parents?(**#Strange**)

        +as long as they come from heterosexuals, we are sure that we’ll keep getting more of them.

        Lol. And now there is a history teacher in the house. #internettrouble
        I must confess, I don’t know about the history enlightenment you just brought to me and I really doubt it. But its possible so I might just research on it, if I get the time.

        In any case, I’m not sure we’ll come to any reasonable compromise (since everyone is a scholar and know everything).

        All I need is a working brain and my brain knows what is abnormal. Its not rocket science.

        I don’t know if you are gay or straight but if you would not be bias you’ll agree with me that being a homosexual is not normal. Like that’s just not how its meant to be.

        That being said, I’ll say people are born with different abnormalities and I don’t discriminate against them. When I meet them I try to help them live the most normal life as possible and that includes the homosexuals I meet (when I meet one that would admit it to me).

        I hopefully wont hand them to the authorities because I believe in tolerance(all I want is a better world). Jailing them might not be the best way to solve the issue. But if you notice, the jail is usually the punishment for social defects. You can suggest a better solution if you have one.

        The only issue I have is that so far, all the abnormalities that people are born with, that I know about (and please note the phrase “I know about” because I don’t want an engineer of psychiatrist starting up a quarrel with me) are not contagious but homosexuality is contagious. Believe it or not, it is. Your medical scholars can deny it as much as they want but its just the truth. Because its more of a psychological and social issue and the human mind is definitely programmable. (Its why you can still find suicide bombers around).

        And in Nigeria, we are trying (even though a handful of those in government have misplaced priorities and we still have a long way to go) to maintain a normal society. So don’t say because there is a defect in the system you’ll use that to justify another wrongdoing.
        The truth is every negative sexual behaviour can be justified if we allow it (Incest, adultery, pedophilia e.t.c.) but we allowed some and didn’t allow some. Some got lucky and were initially excluded from the law (adultery, homosexuality e.t.c.) some were unlucky and were included as crimes. Some would be lucky and get removed from being crimes, some would be unlucky and get added to the law.
        It all boils down to who is enacting the rules.
        And I don’t think anyone should be against keeping a sane natural society.

  • bettathinktwice

    Newsflash for all the racialists & zealots: There is only ONE human species of evolved primates, our closest ancestors are the big apes. They too like to fuck a lot and and do very “immoral” things. Everything in the world is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power.

    • MsAfroCAN

      House of Cards? I like you already.

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    http://76crimes.com/2014/01/30/21-varieties-of-traditional-african-homosexuality/

    21 varieties of traditional African homosexuality
    Posted on January 30, 2014 by Colin Stewart

    King Mwanga II of Buganda, the “gay king” who reportedly had sexual relations with men. (Photo courtesy of Sebaspace)

    At least 21 cultural varieties of same-sex relationships have long been part of traditional African life, as demonstrated in a new report that is designed to dispel the confusion and lies surrounding Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

    The following discussion and the 21 examples are from that report, “Expanded
    Criminalisation of Homosexuality in Uganda: A Flawed Narrative /
    Empirical evidence and strategic alternatives from an African
    perspective,” which was prepared by Sexual Minorities Uganda:

    In their work anthropologists Stephen Murray and Will Roscoe provide
    wide‐ranging evidence in support of the fact that throughout Africa”s
    history, homosexuality has been a ‘‘consistent and logical feature of
    African societies and belief systems.”

    Thabo Msibi of the University of Kwazulu‐Natal documents many
    examples in Africa of same-sex desire being accommodated within
    pre-colonial rule.”

    The
    work of Stephen O. Murray and Will Roscoe is cited in the new report by
    Sexual Minotrities Uganda on traditional forms of homosexuality in
    African cultures.

    Deborah P. Amory speaks of ‘‘a long history of diverse African peoples engaging in same-sex relations.”

    Examples include:

    One notably ‘‘explicit” Bushmen painting, which depicts African men engaging in same-sex sexual activity.

    In the late 1640s, a Dutch military attaché documented Nzinga, a
    warrior woman in the Ndongo kingdom of the Mbundu, who ruled as ‘‘king”
    rather than ‘‘queen”, dressed as a man and surrounded herself with a
    harem of young men who dressed as women and who were her ‘‘wives”.

    Eighteenth century anthropologist, Father J-B. Labat, documented the
    Ganga-Ya-Chibanda, presiding priest of the Giagues, a group within the
    Congo kingdom, who routinely cross-dressed and was referred to as
    ‘‘grandmother”.

    In traditional, monarchical Zande culture, anthropological records
    described homosexuality as ‘‘indigenous”. The Azande of the Northern
    Congo ‘‘routinely married” younger men who functioned as temporary wives
    – a practise that was institutionalised to such an extent that warriors
    would pay ‘‘brideprice” to the young man”s parents.

    Amongst Bantu-speaking Pouhain farmers (Bene, Bulu, Fang, Jaunde,
    Mokuk, Mwele, Ntum and Pangwe) in present-day Gabon and Cameroon,
    homosexual intercourse was known as bian nkû”ma– a medicine for wealth
    which was transmitted through sexual activity between men.

    Similarly in Uganda, amongst the Nilotico Lango, men who assumed
    ‘‘alternative gender status” were known as mukodo dako. They were
    treated as women and were permitted to marry other men.

    Same-sex relationships were reported amongst other groups in Uganda, including the Bahima, …

    the Banyoro and …

    the Baganda. King Mwanga II, the Baganda monarch, was widely
    reported to have engaged in sexual relations with his male subjects.

    A Jesuit working in Southern Africa in 1606 described finding
    ‘‘Chibadi, which are Men attired like Women, and behave themselves
    womanly, ashamed to be called men”.

    In the early 17th century in present-day Angola, Portuguese priests
    Gaspar Azevereduc and Antonius Sequerius encountered men who spoke, sat
    and dressed like women, and who entered into marriage with men. Such
    marriages were ‘‘honored and even prized”.

    In the Iteso communities, based in northwest Kenya and Uganda,
    same-sex relations existed amongst men who behaved as and were socially
    accepted as women.

    Same-sex practises were also recorded among the Banyoro and …

    the Langi.

    In pre-colonial Benin, homosexuality was seen as a phase that boys passed through and grew out of.

    There were practises of female-female marriages amongst the Nandi and …

    Kisii of Kenya, as well as …

    the Igbo of Nigeria,

    the Nuer of Sudan and

    the Kuria of Tanzania.

    Among Cape Bantu, lesbianism was ascribed to women who were in the process of becoming chief diviners, known as isanuses.

    This is by no means an exhaustive list. Given the overwhelming
    evidence of pre-colonial same-sex relations which continued into the
    colonial and post-colonial eras, as well as historical evidence of
    diverse understandings of gender identity, it is clear that
    homosexuality is no more ‘‘alien” to Africa than it is to any other part
    of the world.

    As stated by Murray and Roscoe: Numerous reports also indicate that
    in the highly sex-segregated societies of Africa, homosexual behaviour
    and relationships were not uncommon among peers, both male and female,
    especially in the years before heterosexual marriage. These kinds of
    relations were identified with specific terms and were to varying
    degrees institutionalized.

    What the colonisers imposed on Africa was not homosexuality “but
    rather intolerance of it — and systems of surveillance and regulation
    for suppressing it.”

    • http://www.thingsifeelstronglyabout.blogspot.com/ Anengiyefa

      Great stuff. Unfortunately, Nigerians don’t bother to educate themselves, so many will not be reading stuff such as this. They prefer instead to wallow in their ignorance

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    eeeyaaa, Chimamanda, hug.

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    Area Scatter was married with kids… Just saying

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    Ms Adichie’s brilliance has never been in doubt but her courage to speak her mind takes her to a different, higher, level. Thank you sister for standing up and be counted.

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    Chimamanda should be sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for advocating for gay relationship

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  • Chima Nnabuike

    No matter how one twist this, no matter how Chimamanda tries to potray this either politically or as a very good writer, we humans have been made to know what is good and what is evil. We humans know that gay or homosexually is really an insult to mother earth. Be u a christian, islamic, hindu or non-beliver; we all know that mother earth have already made us to know what is good and evil, even the so called writter(Chimamanda) knows that too. Some people some where are trying to bring a curse upon this precious earth we live in. And if Nigerian government passes harsh judgment just to show d world how animalistic and selfish the western world are, and how human the nigerian government are, then, so be it. We are not Zombi’s or follow-follow as late Fela(musician) would say. What is evil to mother earth is Evil! Nigeria is blessed not cursed and sometimes harsh judgment might be the best to produce best results for the betterment of the people. Remember, Evil begets Evil! And Nigeria is not part of it, God bless Nigeria!!!

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