It’s a challenge keeping up with Leo Igwe, who was, until recently the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s (IHEU) Representative for Western and Southern Africa. This one-man human rights dynamo has championed causes that few would dare touch, and in doing so has earned the admiration of thousands around the world, and the hatred of many others who regard his efforts – including his championing of gay rights – as unacceptable meddling in religion and politics.
Igwe, who recently left IHEU in order to research African witchcraft at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, last month returned from a two-day conference on a problem endemic in Nigeria and other parts of Africa: the branding of children as witches, something which is also occurring in the UK.
Reacting to Nigeria’s rampant homophobia, Nigerian LGBTIs gathered in London on Novermber 15 to demand the repeal of all anti same-sex laws in that country, and to protest against the anti same-sex marriage Bill.
The protesters, who gathered outside Nigeria House, were joined by international supporters including notable UK Human rights activist, Peter Tatchell.
The protesters carried placards with a variety of slogans: “Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Goodbye!” “Proudly Gay, Proudly Nigerian!” “Some Nigerians are Gay, Get over it!” “Sodomy law is a colonial relic, repeal it now!” “Kiss Anti Same Sex marriage bill and Sodomy laws Goodbye!” and “Stop turning us into refugees, Repeal Sodomy laws Now!”.