Pride to Prejudice: Queer Nigerians love social media — and hate it

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02/09/2024

When Ms. Fola Francis, an openly trans woman living in Nigeria, joined a trend and posted a video of her transition on TikTok, it was for her to be celebrated by her community for her resilience and acceptance of her identity. The trend was named “the son my parents thought they had vs. the daughter I became.” Unfortunately, the video went viral and into harmful watchdog accounts in Nigeria, and she had to take it down due to transphobia and physical threats. Francis couldn’t control the virality of the video, and as it entered the screens of homophobic and transphobic Nigerians, she had to flee her home to a different city in Nigeria because the online transphobia began to manifest physically. She reports being continually assaulted by her neighbours when they discovered her identity.

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