Bisexuals in Nigeria: ‘We are not cheats!’

Logo of the No Strings podcast
A logo of the No Strings podcast

Do bisexuals think that they are better than gay and lesbian people?

That’s one of the questions tackled in the latest episode of No Strings, the Nigerian LGBTIQ podcast. Other questions addressed there are:

  • Are bisexuals confused?
  • Are there bisexuals in Nigeria, really?
  • Are bisexuals by default cheats?
  • Do people have a chance to start and sustain a meaningful relationship with bisexuals?
  • Is bisexuality a real sexual orientation? Podcast host Mike Daemon says that some people believe it is not; they therefore conclude that people who say they are bisexual are actually just experimenting.
  • When bisexuals marry, will they still identify as bisexuals?
  • Is it easy to survive as a bisexual in a homophobic country? Some say that bisexuals can pass as heterosexuals, which makes their lives easier in  homophobic countries, Daemon says.

The podcast features Goodmade, a bisexual man, and Jerry, a gay man. Both are Nigerian.

In the podcast, Goodmade, who is married with a son, gives his views about what life is like for Nigerian bisexuals. He also discusses why some Nigerians claim to be bisexuals when they actually are gay.

Also in the podcast, Jerry says he can be in a relationship with a bisexual, if that person will dedicate some quality time for him when he needs it. Overall, Jerry says, as a gay man he has no issues with bisexuals.

This episode, titled “Nigerian Bisexuals Speak! “We Are Not Cheats!” is the first of two podcast episodes focusing on bisexuality. The second episode, coming in the near future, will feature a bisexual woman from Ghana, now living in Canada, and Frank, a bisexual Nigerian man.

The No Strings podcasts, which can be streamed or downloaded, provide a voice for the LGBTIQ community in  Nigeria; they are the first of their kind in Nigeria. They are presented in the form of a traditional radio program that  chronicles the struggles, tells the stories, and reports on issues affecting the lives of LGBTIQ Nigerians.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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