For 23-year-old Femi*, a night out celebrating a birthday with friends ended with a month and two days in jail because of his sexuality. In late July, Femi and his friends were among 40 gay men and boys, some as young as 13, who were arrested at a gay nightspot in a hotel in the back blocks of Nigeria's economic capital, Lagos. They were charged with engaging in "gay activities" by allowing other men "to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature". Since his arrest, Femi has been kicked out of home and now shuttles between friends' lounges and lovers' beds. He has lost his job as a cleaner, left his studies at university and had sex for money to help pay for a ticket to Ghana where he hopes he can slip into obscurity.
October 22 / NZ City