Nigeria is one of the countries where being a part of the LGBT community is a criminal offence and a major hazard to one’s life and health. Nevertheless, some people managed to escape it to live their lives in peace in more tolerant countries. Today, we will be talking about five most famous Nigerian transgender people and how they have become famous.[
1. Stephanie Rose
We want to begin our article with the story of the infamous Stephanie Rose. Before her transition, she used to live in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Both of her parents worked at the Obafemi Awolowo University, so she attended the university staff school and then the OAU itself.
However, during her college years, Stephanie realised that she was not like the others. She started wearing make-up and feminine clothes, which alienated her peers and made her the victim of bullying. When the pressure from the transphobic Nigerian society became too much, Rose dropped out of the university and fled the country in 2001.
You might be wondering:
What has made this transgender woman so infamous? Well, around 2015, her name appeared in Nigerian media for two reasons. First, as you might have guessed, was because of the fact that she was transgender. The second one was far more controversial.
Apparently, Stephanie moved to Amsterdam and became very interested in God, or rather in slandering His name. She wrote a book titled Nobody Goes to Heaven Because Nobody Goes to Hell Fire, where she shared her very unusual and controversial opinions about God, to put it mildly. The news of this book, as well as Stephanie’s weird posts on Facebook made her very infamous among many Nigerians.
To be fair, it seems that a lot of Nigerian transgender people appear in the news for entirely wrong reasons.
Most articles that cover them often dig up obscene details about their lives and use hurtful language towards them.
While some might indeed have it coming, others just want to be recognised for who they are and to help other people like them.
We hope that this article has helped you find out a little bit more about them.