Die Entwicklungskosten der Homophobie

LONDON – Als schwuler Mann, der in Nigeria lebt, lag meine größte Herausforderung darin, mich zwischen meiner Sexualität und meinem Arbeitsplatz entscheiden zu müssen.

2004 stand ich am Beginn meiner Karriere als Schauspieler. Ich hatte gerade die Universität abgeschlossen und war für „Rosen und Dornen“ gebucht, eine Seifenoper zur besten Sendezeit des Senders Galaxy Television, eines der beliebtesten Fernsehsender Nigerias. Ich spielte die Rolle des „Richard“, des einzigen Sohnes einer reichen Familie, der eine Affäre mit dem Hausmädchen hat.

Gerüchte über mein Privatleben gingen um, und ich entschied mich für mein Coming Out. Also sagte ich zu, in Nigerias meistgesehener Fernseh-Talkshow über meine Sexualität zu reden.

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