Nobody needs a mascot. No one should be afraid to the point of wearing a mask to protect their identities. We need to love people and support them for who they are so they can explore, and find new ways of doing things. Innovate, and change how people live. This has been and is still the hope of humanity. Everybody needs love, everybody wants freedom; these are the basic need of humans. It’s something we all have in common. Live, and let others live in peace.
This year, I celebrate my 29th year birthday. I am so emotional about it, but at the same time, I’m also grateful for the opportunity that life has given me. There is a science to success, but fulfillment is an art. The art of fulfillment determines the worth you attach to your life.
Gay rights movement in Nigeria is heavily tied to HIV/AIDS Activism for many reasons, people do not know what being gay means until they are tested and found out their HIV status. When they find out their HIV status, they begin to meet other positive people and know there was an underground community for HIV positive gay men. Growing up there was nothing to show that gay people every existed, I never read books, no videos or anything to show queer people live in Nigeria.
Life as a gay man can be quite difficult in many parts of the world. Especially in an African country like Nigeria where you can spend up to 14 years in a penitentiary if convicted. While social acceptance for gay people is getting better in some countries, some queers aren’t having better luck in other places. Coming out as gay is a long psychological process for many, and sudden for some others.
I became an activist because of the injustice I see every day in the world we live in and my disbelief that our government is not ready to create favorable policies for people like myself (members of the LGBTQ community) to exist. Many people like me choose to fight injustice not because were selected to or trained to be the change agents in our generation; rather, we sometimes wonder how we come to fill these shoes. Mostly, it’s a result of a combination of life experiences, the exposure to new views, or an awakening to the reality of the injustice happening around us.
I was slated to travel in July 2018 to Netherlands for the world AIDS conference. I am a refugee in the United States with an unexpired form i-131 Refugee travel document (RTD) my document was set to expire in September 2018. As my travel drew closer my mind was unsettled so I decide to put in a new application in March 2018, and was fingerprinted in April 2018.