Nigeria: Anti-Gay law uncalled for, says Femi Fani-Kayode

By IndepthAfrica
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Jan 25th, 2014

by Nathan Williams

Former Minister of Aviation turned political blogger, Femi Fani-Kayode, condemns the signing of an anti-homosexuality bill by Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, describing the act as unfair and heart-breaking. The signing of the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013 has caught international condemnation from western countries such as the United States

with U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, saying the United States was “deeply concerned” by the new measures.

“Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly…and expression for all Nigerians…It is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines…democratic reforms and human rights protections,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

This powerful wave of the wand did not go well with the opposition group to President Jonathan’s political party PDP, the All Progressives Congress, the political party Femi Fani-Kayode is a member, saying “Shame should be on President Goodluck Jonathan for signing the anti-gay law”

For Femi Fani-Kayode the Anti-Gay law hits home. It is recalled that Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Femi’s brother, was the first black man to legally marry a white man by the name of Alex Hirst. He was openly gay. He passed away in a London hospital while recovering from an AIDS-related illness on 12 December 1989.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode was an openly gay photographer who mixed Yoruba “techniques of ecstasy” and homoerotic self-expression through symbolic gestures, ritualistic poses, and decoration. This was all through the use of the black male body. Rotimi himself described his work as “Black, African, homosexual photography”. Some of Rotimi Kayode’s best photographic work can be found at Out and About Africa ( as well as many other online articles and websites.

With his firm belief of Gay equality across Africa Femi Fani-Kayode has this to say to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, “I think it is wrong to send people to jail based on their sexual preferences and sexuality. It is known as persecution of minority rights and it is reprehensible.”

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