Add to the equation the fact that we’re a super religious people, believing firmly in either the Christian God or in Allah, and all of their commandments.
Because of this, so many in our society have suffered prejudice. They have been forced to conform, forced to hide.
They are Nigerians yet they are marginalized and oppressed.
This year, we want to bring those stories to the fore. We want Nigerians to hear the human side to these stories, understand that these people are humans too.
Sometimes, we all need to see beyond our cocoons, and it is for this reason we want to turn the spotlight on little bits of oppression that we sometimes overlook in our society.
So we’re asking people who have felt discriminated against, either in terms of gender or sexuality, class or disability, to share their stories with us.
We want to hear when you realized you were different, how you learned to live with your difference, how you’ve been taught to hide your difference. We want to hear how discrimination has affected you as a Nigerian, and how you’ve learned to navigate that difference.
If you don’t want your name out there, that’s fine, we’ll publish anonymously. All you have to do is send your stories to submissions(at)bellanaija(dot)com. Please include “Living Your Difference” in the subject line.
We can’t wait to read from you.