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Screw the law, we’re coming out for Pride, say Nigeria’s LGBTQ ...

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Screw the law, we’re coming out for Pride, say Nigeria’s LGBTQ activists

Despite gay relationships being banned, the community is set to celebrate the global event

Pelumi Salako

YouTuber Victor Emmanuel knows first-hand how tough life is for people who are openly gay in Nigeria, where LGBTQ+ relationships and even same-sex displays of affection are illegal.

Last year he was kidnapped by seven men who blackmailed, extorted and tortured him for two days in an attack that has since left him constantly looking over his shoulder.

“It is living with the fear of possible killing or incarceration for who I literally am. You are constantly having to explain your existence,” said Emmanuel, who dropped out of university after the attack...

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