Effects Of Gay Sex In Nigeria

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One can consequently argue that one of the reasons for the repression of individuals who engage in same-sex relations in Africa is that of silencing same sex sexualities.
It has been revealed that in thirty-eight of the fifty-three African states, it is illegal to engage in consensual “gay” sex. Countries like Nigeria, Senegal, Malawi, and more recently Uganda have imposed the harshest of treatments against individuals find guilty of engaging in same-sex relations. The punishments used to discriminate against those who engage in same-sex relations in Africa largely come up from anti-sodomy laws left over from the colonial era, when colonial authorities were keen on regulating sexuality. These laws stay largely unchanged in postcolonial Africa and Nigeria today.
This article therefore, examines the role that culture, religion and morality play in shaping Nigerian society on the issue of homosexuality. It examines the background to Nigeria’s anti-gay law, noting the strong support of the Nigerian people for this law and the condemnation this action has received from human rights groups and the international community. The article discusses Nigeria’s contravention of international human rights obligations as a result of her stance on same-sex relationships. The article discusses the causative effects of this law on Nigeria’s gay community. The article postulates reasons why the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act should be repealed or why, at least, a compromise should be
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