Petition: Stop Nigerian comedian from promoting hate crimes against gays

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An online petition expresses the outrage of the LGBT community in Nigeria about a supposedly comic video that promotes and encourages violent hate crimes against homosexuals.

This video by Nigerian comedian Ogunsbaba (real name Akpobome Ogude) will cause harm by encouraging violence against homosexual persons in a country where homosexuals are misunderstood and deeply hated.

The video is on YouTube and GossipMill.com. NoStrings has reported it to YouTube as unacceptable and encourages people who understand the damage it will cause to do so too.

NoStrings has also initiated a petition against GossipMill.com and Ogunsbaba to take the videos down and to apologize to the Nigerian LGBT community for joking about such a sensitive issue of great concern.

Click HERE to sign the petition.

The video, titled “The Lekki Gay,” depicts a gay man being visited by a friend whom he finds attractive but who brings along two other men to the bedroom to threaten him with sexual assault with a banana and increasingly larger vegetables. The video, featuring light-hearted background music, ends with the video going dark as the assault occurs.

In the skit "Lekki Gay," Nigerian comedian Ogusbaba depicts sexual assault as if it were funny. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)
In the skit “Lekki Gay,” Nigerian comedian Ogusbaba depicts sexual assault as if it were funny. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

In November 2016, the video skit appeared on YouTube, where it has attracted 9,400 views.  On Jan. 5, it was posted on the Facebook page of Gossip Mill Nigeria, where it has been seen more than 409,000 times.

The scenario depicted in the video is a typical example of what gay persons actually experience on a regular basis in the country from homophobes, and Ogunsbaba seems to be making a joke of this very painful and traumatic experience.

The acts portrayed as a joke in the video is actually not a joke at all. This is a human right violation as according to the Nigerian constitution in chapter 4 section 34 which states, “Every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person, and accordingly and no person shall be subject to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment.”

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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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