Bisexual risks death in Nigeria, seeks asylum in the U.K.

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06/11/2024

Chukwuebuka, a pseudonym for his safety, is a bisexual Nigerian student residing in the U.K. He finds himself at a critical juncture, torn between fear and hope, and is now seeking refuge far from his homeland. Under Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (SSMPA), passed in 2014 under former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, LGBTIQ+ individuals lack legal protection and are subjected to numerous forms of discrimination and human rights violations. This circumstance prompts many in the LGBT community to contemplate permanent relocation to countries that are more accepting of LGBTI+ individuals. As a bisexual Nigerian Christian, Chukwuebuka was contemplating that decision after enduring numerous human rights violations from family members and his uncle after they began to suspect his sexual orientation.

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