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Documentary reveals struggles of queer Nigerian immigrants

A new short documentary on YouTube highlights the struggles of queer Nigerian immigrants abroad.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


By Mike Daemon

Due to homophobic and discriminatory laws against LGBTIQ+ people in Nigeria, many flee abroad to avoid persecution. However, life abroad is not as easy as some people think, especially for queer African immigrants.

Uche Onwa  (Photo source: YouTube)

The new documentary titled “Why Blame Us” describes in detail on the struggles of LGBTIQ+ immigrant Nigerians in the United States.

It was produced by Pont LLC, a media company owned by Edafe Okporo, an LGBTIQ+ Nigerian living in the U.S.

The documentary features transgender Nigerian artist Noni Salma along with three LGBTQ+ people of Nigerian descent: Oliver Anene, Uchechukwu (Uche) Onwa, and writer Vasilis Chukwunonso Onwuaduegbo.

In the documentary, Uche tells about applying for asylum, including his unpleasant experiences in the U.S. detention centers where he was held:

“On my arrival to Atlanta, I was stopped by the police; I was stopped by immigration officers….. I was first put in prison in Atlanta, I was there for almost 12 hours, before I was finally taken to detention, and I was chained. My hands were chained to my waist my legs were chained, my mouth and my nose was covered. That was like the first horrific experience and emotional experience that I had in the U.S. and those weren’t the things that I expected.”

Uche says he almost lost his life:

“The experience I had there is something that I am not going to talk about because the experience was really emotional for me and whenever I talk about it and whenever I remember all the things that happened to me at the detention center, at the point I almost died.”

To watch the full video, click HERE.

Source: Rights Africa

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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) nostringsng.com.

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