‘Proudly Gay’ – Popular Nollywood actor comes out as gay

Uche Maduagwu, a popular actor in the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), came out as gay last week to the surprise of many.

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By Mike Daemon

The actor claimed last that he was molested by another male actor, and warned people to stay away from homosexuality.

The actor, who is also a brand influencer, went on Instagram yesterday to share a photo of himself with a caption which read ‘Proudly Gay’.

See the post below:

Click the image to see Uche Maduagwu's Instagram post and the comments responding to it.
Click the image to see Uche Maduagwu’s Instagram post and the comments responding to it.

His coming out came as a shock to many, while others hurled homophobic comments on his post.

However, the majority of the people who commented were generally very positive.

One wrote: “Thank you for coming out real❤️. We don’t need to judge anyone with their lifestyle”

Another wrote: “Do what makes you happy”

Also, in another view shared by the actor on Instagram, he acknowledged once more that he is indeed gay and proud, and also urged others to be courageous.

See the video below.

Click the image to see Uche Maduagwu's Instagram video.
Click the image to watch Uche Maduagwu’s Instagram video.

Out magazine wrote about him:

The intellectual Maduagwu, who earned a degree in sociology from Lagos State University, garnered kudos for his onscreen acting talents but also controversy for his notorious trolling of celebrities and public figures. He sent waves through the Nollywood late last year when he alleged he was sexually assaulted on a Lagos movie set in 2012, and further claimed such abuse is uncomfortably common in the industry.

“Honestly, anytime I remember how I was molested and raped by a male actor on my first movie location in Lagos, I cry bitterly,” he said via Instagram, advising other “young and upcoming male actors” to be “mindful of location, food, and drinks” because “your butt might pay heavily for it at night in your hotel room.”

If his coming out is sincere, then it is a great move. We commend his courage and his decision to live his truth despite the challenging and difficult situation for LGBTIQ+ persons in Nigeria.

He makes history as one of the first Nigerian celebrities to openly declare their sexuality. Hopefully, more will do the same.

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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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