New e-book tells of gay life in Nigeria

A new fiction book that mirrors LGBT life in Nigeria seemingly highlights Nigerian celebrities Charly Boy and Linda Ikeji as two powerful fictional characters.

From the African Human Rights Media Network

Cover for the e-book ‘Naturally Unstraight’

By Mike Daemon

The recently released e-book ‘Naturally Unstraight’ was written by Jideofor Nwokedi, a U.S.-based Nigerian activist and barrister. Together with his colleagues, he launched a legal challenge against the Same-Sex Marriage [Prohibition] Act in 2014.

Jideofor Nwokedi author of ‘Naturally Unstraight’ Photo Credits: Facebook

His book provides “an insight into the ordeals of an African generation constantly exposed to the trendy western liberal lifestyle in a socio-culturally undynamic society replete with homophobic and patriarchial discrimination.”

Charles Oputa and Belinda Ikeji, amongst others, are  fictional characters in the book. Both characters have names that are like those of  entertainer Charly Boy and blogger Linda Ikeji, who are both controversial and influential Nigerians.

However, chatting with NoStringsNG, Nwokedi said that “clashes in names are purely coincidental” and that he wrote the book as part of his “efforts to give a voice to social minorities in Nigeria’.”

“The characters bear no close resemblance to anyone living or dead,” he said. “It’s purely fictional.”

“I want the international community to empathize deeply with violation of rights going on in Nigeria. It may take a while but definitely the ultimate plan is to get the anti-same-sex [laws] in the country repealed,” he said.

The book also deals with other important issues such as feminism, inequality, child brides, and other issues generally affecting social minorities in Nigeria.

To get the e-book from Amazon, click HERE.

Source: Rights Africa

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 Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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