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Straight actor Alexx Ekubo urges Nigerians to stop judging gay people

Straight actor Alexx Ekubo urges Nigerians to stop judging gay people

Nigerian actor Alexx Ekubo

Hugely popular Nigerian actor Alexx Ekubo has a very important message about inclusivity and acceptance in Nigerian society.

The 32-year-old model and actor took to Instagram yesterday (1 January) to post an open letter for the new year.

 

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With over 1.5 million followers on Instagram, he rose to fame in 2010 after becoming first runner up at the 2010 Mr Nigeria contest. He’s since appeared in numerous television and film roles in Nigeria, winning several Nollywood awards.

He identifies as straight.

New Year’s open letter

Alexx Ekubo posted his own head shot to Instagram, then the caption: ‘Open Letter.

‘Dear Nigerian Youth,’ he started. ‘Learn to be happy for one another. Hating another man’s candle won’t light yours.

‘If someone buys a car, be happy for the person [and] if someone builds a house, be happy and pray that God blesses you to do the same.

‘Don’t start criticizing and calling names, “fraudster” “gigolo” “husband snatcher” “a thief who hasn’t had the opportunity, considers himself an honest man” – trust me, you would do worse should the opportunity present itself, so shut up!’

But then came his message to the LGBTI community.

He then wrote: ‘Learn to live and let live. If a person wants to be gay, let them gay in peace.

‘Personally I’m NOT, have NEVER been, and will NEVER be, let’s allow people to be free and comfortable with their sexual preference.

‘Stop the name calling and shaming,’ he said.

The young actor then went on to talk about goodwill, body positivity and societal pressure for marriage, children and jobs.

 

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It’s a professional risk for Alexx Ekubo to be vocally supportive to LGBTI people in Nigeria.

As it currently stands, Nigeria is one of the least progressive countries in the world when it comes to LGBTI rights.

Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria – punishable by death in some areas, or up to 14 years imprisonment. Anti-discrimination laws are also non-existent, as well as rights for same-sex couples, trans people and LGBTI people wanting to start families.

See also:

Nigerian presidential candidate promises to protect LGBTI people

Mobile phone company erects anti-LGBTI billboard near Nigerian university

Nigerian man comes out as gay via Instagram poll, receives death threats