‘Veil of Silence’: When LGBTI Nigerians spoke out

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Trailer for “Veil of Silence”

Scene from "Veil of Silence"
Scene from “Veil of Silence”
Veil of Silence poster
Veil of Silence poster

In the latest episode of the No Strings podcasts, Nigerian filmmaker Habeeb Lawal discusses  “Veil of Silence,” his documentary that presented the voices of LGBTI Nigerians shortly before the country’s harsh anti-gay law went into effect in early 2014.

Lawal’s debut film, “Veil of Silence” was produced in cooperation with the Nigerian LGBTI rights organization The Initiative for Equal Rights, (TIERS).

The film shows a “young group of sexual minorities in Nigeria [who] defy all odds in the pursuit of happiness. In the midst of all, their strength, resilience, vulnerability is brought to fore in this informative and mind-blowing documentary,” in the director’s words. The trailer for the film is available on Vimeo and YouTube.

"Veil of Silence" director Habeeb Lawal (Photo courtesy of Habeeb Lawal)
“Veil of Silence” director Habeeb Lawal (Photo courtesy of Habeeb Lawal)

As podcast host Mike Daemon describes it, the film shows the actual faces of gay Nigerians talking about their very own lives and what it truly means to be gay in Nigeria.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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