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These Two are Fighting Discrimination against People with Dreadlocks in Nigeria 



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:


  1. Tamuno

    June 9, 2019 at 2:18 am

    It’s just unfortunate how most offices in Nigeria fails to sensitize abi na enlighten her staffs on certain stuffs and how things can be handled without any party feeling discriminated

  2. Somto

    June 9, 2019 at 10:39 am

    It’s not just in Nigeria, it’s a global thing. In the developed countries, people with dreadlocks or rasta hair as they call it are highly likely to be stopped and searched at airports by security agents, pulled over or followed by security as as soon as they enter a shop or mall. People even panic and cross to the other side of the road on sighting a person wearing dreadlocks coming towards them. Racial profiling is higher when you have dreadlocks. Sad but it’s the reality not just in Nigeria.

    • Blacklivesmatter

      June 9, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      It’s funny you say this cause I can also say same goes for any black person in general in a foreign land – this is the discrimination they are talking about. It shouldn’t be!

      I wore dreadlocks in Nigeria for years, had my passport done with no issues in Lagos. I faced no discrimination in Lagos, Abuja and Portharcourt. Where exactly are you people facing discrimination, I’m curious to know.

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