Trans model: ‘I fight every day to look more feminine’

Veso Golden Oke, a Nigeria-born trans woman currently working in Ghana, says her goal is to continue to look more beautiful despite hateful comments from transphobic people.

In a chat with NoStringsNG, the gorgeous 24-year-old model and professional make-up artist describes herself as “unique and beautiful.”  The negative comments she receives from people do not bring her down at all, she says. Instead, they motivate her.

“What keeps me going is the negative utterances from people, because they help build me up. I fight every day to look more feminine, they don’t even recognize that I am trans.”

Most people think effeminate men are gay, but Oke says she has never considered herself gay despite the fact that she is very feminine; instead, she has always known that she is a woman and that’s why she is currently transitioning.

“I have never been gay.  I am a woman from childhood. I have always thought, dressed and walked as a girl and sometimes when I was much younger I prayed before going to bed that by morning God should transform me into a girl.”

“I consider myself a Trans because am on hormone pills already,” she says.

Unlike most African parents who object to their children embracing their true nature as LGBTQ, Oke’s parents support her fully, she says. They know that she lives openly as a trans woman.

Oke, who has both Nigerian and Ghanaian citizenship, lives in Accra, Ghana, where she mentors young female models. With her guidance, some of them have won beauty pageants.

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Written by Mike Daemon

Mike Daemon is the pseudonym of the founder and presenter of the No Strings podcasts, based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which provide a voice for the country’s LGBTIQ+ community. Through the No Strings website, he reports on issues affecting the lives of LGBTQ+ Nigerians. He launched and maintains the Qtalk app, which provides safe and private access to legal and psychosocial counseling for LGBTQ+ Nigerians. Contact him by email via info (at)


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