A group of activists gathered outside of the Nigerian embassy on Friday to protest anti-gay laws in the African country and to condemn the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Babakekere, a gay Nigerian man attending the protest, fled to the U.S. in December of 2012 from Africa. Fearing for his safety, Babakekere uses a pseudonym to protect his identity.
“I moved here because of the discrimination towards LGBT citizens,” said Babakekere, “and I am trying now to claim asylum.”
Sentamu Kiremerwa, originally from Uganda but now a U.S. resident of 14 years, led the group in chants, and spoke out against the leadership of Nigeria and Uganda in a personal speech. “Homophobia is not what African culture is about,” said Kiremerwa, “African culture is about love, acceptance, and family.”