Nigerian Lesbian Wins 13 year Legal Battle For UK Asylum
Being gay can get you an ‘oyinbo’ passport.
A Nigerian gay rights activist, Aderonke Apata, has won a 13-year battle to be granted asylum in the UK.
Aderonke for more than a decade has been accused by the UK government of faking her sexuality.
This inspired her to launch a campaign globally via social media for the UK government to grant her asylum as she feared being killed if she ever gets deported to Nigeria.
The UK Home Office did not believe her claim, even when she shared photos with her Nigerian lesbian partner, Happiness Agboro.
Aderonke expressed delight after her application for asylum was finally granted;
"I overwhelmed with gladness but remain angry knowing that there are other LGBTI people seeking asylum facing the same fear of deportation that I had just overcome. I was just crying on the phone with my solicitor when he broke the news to me.
"I must have embarrassed him. I wasn’t assimilating all of the information he was giving to me on the phone as I was crying and singing.”