Afro-soul Nigerian musician Obinna Kelvin Anyanwu, popularly known as Waconcy, tried to revive his musical career by promoting homophobia. Online he has condemned gays and lesbians, saying that they have nothing to offer but HIV.
Waconzy, who was born in Port Harcourt, gained some popularity with his song “I Celebrate” in 2010 but since then has struggled. His attempts at making a comeback have not succeeded.
So the musician took to Instagram to display his ignorance and homophobia. He posted “Gays & lesbians are bad children wey no gree change. They have nothing to offer to this world but HIV.”
“It’s a scam,” he added. “Why can’t they learn to love the opposite sex?”
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Given Nigeria’s increasing homophobia toward homosexuals due to ignorance on the issue, his statement can only encourage further discrimination and stigma.
It reinforces the mistaken notions that homosexuality is a choice, that homosexuals can decide to be attracted to women, and that HIV is limited to the gay community. Such ignorance and stigma hinder efforts to prevent HIV and care for LGBTQ+ persons living with the virus.
Some Nigerians, upset by what Waconzy published, wrote that he needed to learn that anyone regardless of their sexual orientation can contract HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. If he understood the harm that such a post can cause to innocent lives, he would quickly take it down and apologize, they stated.
Perhaps Waconzy saw what his critics wrote and learned something. In any case, he has now taken down his offensive Instagram post.
Source: Rights Africa