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24 March 2008



Hello, I'm a new reader living in London and originally from Nigeria. Thanks so much on the news from my native country. Gay men and lesbians are the subject of much discrimination and violence, it would shock American audiences.

Derrick from Philly

Hi, Kwame: it's always great to have a visitor from overseas come to Rod's Blog.

I can't imagine the courage it must take to be openly gay in most African countries. But is it the rise of a "gay subculture" demanding civil rights which is partly the cause of this? Did Nigerians care about gay people before they started hearing about gay people in the West? And yes, how much are the religious figures in Africa to blame for this inhumane behavior? I admire those gay people in Africa, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe who are out of the closet, but I can't blame the ones who decide to stay in. 'Course that doesn't help transgendered gay Africans, they can't get in a damn closet.

Mel Smith

This reminds me of the anti Jewish mobs of the 19th century in Europe, the anti black mobs in the 20th century U.S., and the caste system mobs in India. How sad that Nigerians adopt the ways of the Europeans. Hello Kwame

Andy Niable

As horrific as the story is--thank you, Rod, for keeping us up to date on stories ignored by the MSM. (I doubt I'll find it thumbing between Dolce & Gabbana ads in OUT or GENRE.)


This has to be one of the most frightening scenarios that a person would have to endure: being attacked and assaulted by a mob for being the person you were meant to be. Luther, you are right that there are much more important issues that the continent of Africa is affected by. One of those issues is undoubtedly education among the water, food, and HIV/AIDS pandemic. I think education could do a lot to help people of Africa to be more socially conscious, and it would definitely help with the HIV/AIDS issue. It all comes back to the idea that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

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