You walk into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) office to get your international passport done. As part of the process, you arrive at a desk, for an officer to take your photo, and they go: “I can’t take your photo with this kind of hair. Go and cut it,” because you, a man, are wearing dreadlocks.
That’s literally what happened to tv presenter Dadaboy Ehiz. He shared with BBC Africa about how people with dreadlocks are being discriminated against.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force are also known to harass youth who wear dreadlocks or draw tattoos.
Architect, turned loctician Ade Balogun who organises the Nigerian chapter of the “Loc Appreciation Day” in Lagos. She too, have had people ask her who’s going to marry her with her dreadlocks.
Watch them speak below:
Have you ever been discriminated against because of how you wear your hair?
People in Nigeria who wear dreadlocks are more likely to be profiled by police than those who don’t. We spoke to two Nigerians who want to change that. pic.twitter.com/Ikz4rU2cCC
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) June 7, 2019