How LGBTIQ+ Nigerians are coping with COVID-19 pandemic


In late February, Nigeria recorded its first confirmed case of the virus when an Italian man working in Lagos tested positive, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported. Last month after several other confirmed cases in various parts of the country and with recommendations by the NCDC, the Nigerian government in a bid to stop the spread of the virus ordered a complete lockdown of three affected states — Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun state — allowing only essential businesses to operate. Fearing the virus would spread, other Nigerian state governments adopted similar measures. The lockdown has affected many Nigerians, especially the poor and other vulnerable groups. To shed some light on the situation about how the pandemic is affecting the LGBTIQ+ community in Nigeria, NoStringsNG reached out to LGBTIQ+ human rights activists. Emmanuella David-Ette, an intersex-trans activist, said she now is forced to remain indoors and her work is put on hold. David-Ette supports trans, intersex and gender non-conforming persons in Nigeria through her organization Dynamic Initiative for Healthcare & Human Rights (DIHHR),

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