In Nigeria, the punishment for same-sex marriage is 14 years imprisonment. Apart from that, homosexuals are constantly in danger of stigmatisation and even being lynched. Because of this, many homosexuals in Nigeria have had to leave the country for safety.
Unoma Azuah, a Nigerian-US based writer, left Nigeria for a place where she would be accepted. After touring different states in the US, she finally settled down at Chicago.
Unoma who now teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, researches on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Nigeria.
In a letter titled, “An ode to Chicago: My city of refuge” published on Chicago Tribune, Unoma wrote on how Chicago accepted her and now it is her city of refuge.
“I left Nigeria because of my sexual orientation. I left Nigeria because I would not sacrifice my life to please some of my country’s cultural norms and new wave religions. I left Nigeria because I rejected the status of motherhood and marriage to a man as the only most important achievement every woman should have. I left Nigeria because I want Freedom” she said in the article.
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