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Arit Okpo & Damilola Ajayi discuss the Intricacy of Homophobia in Nigeria on a New Episode of “Untold Facts”



The latest episode of Untold Facts, the innovative online series that seeks to clear common misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity in Nigeria, featured renowned medical doctor and co-publisher, Saraba Magazine, focusing on the effects of cultural, religious and societal backgrounds on homophobic traits and attitudes among Nigerians.

Hosted by Arit Okpo, Damilola Ajayi explains that homophobia is an abnormal and persistent irrational fear of homosexuals which could be caused by a psychological and emotional feeling from our various thoughts and beliefs.

With homophobia infiltrating and eluding the values of human rights in Nigeria, the guest contends that due to backgrounds and orientation towards sexual minorities, Nigerians express homophobic traits and attitudes through verbal, physical and emotional aggression.

The duo concludes that the effect of homophobia on sexual minorities is alarming in Nigeria, and advise that the society should educate themselves on the possibility of a country where sexual orientation is seen as part of an ever-evolving human nature rather than where citizens feel the need to marginalize and discriminate against sexual minorities.



  1. ITK

    November 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Arit, you don dey bleach.

    • Menoword

      November 5, 2017 at 3:14 am

      Na camera my brother/sister. I still dey use the same soap wey I bin dey use tey tey

  2. Fusion OAU

    November 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Okay, Dami… we would try to change our behavior towards gay people. Nigerians are already showing signs of tolerance though, with Jussie Smollett (Jamal in Empire), Ellen Degeneres, Sam Smith, Frank Ocean etc. all having loads of fans in the Country…. but have you noticed it is almost impossible to think about it when small gist comes out that a Nigerian celebrity is gay? e.g. the Uti Nwachukwu story….

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