Stop hating gay people, says Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh

Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has joined the list of Nigerian celebrities condemning anti-gay discrimination and violence.

From the African Human Rights Media Network

By Mike Daemon

Dikeh made the positive comment on Instagram in support of Jussie Smollet, an African-American Nollywood actor who was recently brutally attacked by two men, which many are now calling a hate crime.

Nigerian actress Tonto Dikeh: “No one should suffer because they love differently.”

She wrote:

“Sending you Love and Light.. No one shld suffer because they love differently.. I know what the Bible says about this,

Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria, and many people including celebrities (even those who are gay) hesitate to support LGBT people openly for fear of discrimination, being tagged gay or bashed by the general public.

But a few straight Nigerian celebrities have dared to speak up for the human rights of LGBT people, such as rapper M.I Abaga, writer Chiamamanda Adichie, and singer Kiss Daniel. 

Nigerian actor and model Alex Ekubo recently spoke up for LGBT people, but ran into criticism from the LGBT community. In a New Year’s message, he wrote:

Learn to live & let live, if a person wants to be gay, let them gay in peace, personally i’m NOT, have NEVER been, & will NEVER be, lets allow pple to be free & comfortable with their sexual preference, stop the name calling & shaming

Members of the Nigerian LGBT community criticized that statement as insensitive, especially its suggestion that being gay is a choice, which of course isn’t.

Mike Daemon adds:

We hope more celebrities, whether gay or not, will openly speak against the many human rights violations suffered by LGBT people in Nigeria.

Source: Rights Africa

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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