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The long history of cross-dressing in Nigeria

It isn’t one thing that simply began with Idris Okuneye often known as Bobrisky, a viral web sensation whose movies are hilarious to some individuals.

In the Seventies, there was a person often known as Area Scatter whose actual identify is Uzoma Odimara.

On regular days, he was a civil servant however on different days he dressed like a girl with braided hair, pierced ears and catwalked the streets of Imo.

He was additionally a talented musician who was invited to occasions and events to carry out and had many TV appearances.

Apart from Area Scatter, there was additionally the Calypso King in the Eighties who believed that he was a girl.

He was an actor and singer who later received married to a girl and had youngsters to show that he was not impotent.

Left to him he would have married a person. He additionally wished to chop off his genitals and alter his intercourse.

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In the Northern half of Nigeria, particularly in cities like Kano, there are various effeminate males referred to as Yan Daudu that means males who act like girls.

In Hausa conventional faith, Boori, homosexuality just isn’t a sin.

Yan Daudu means sons of Daudu. Daudu was a fun-loving playing spirit worshipped in Hausa conventional faith whose rituals and practices included gay intercourse.

However, Islam prohibits homosexuality. So, though they exist in the North, they don’t seem to be typically accepted.

Denrele Edun, a preferred TV host, was popularly identified in the 2000s with excessive heeled footwear, elaborate hairdo, make-up, and painted nails.

Denrele doesn’t settle for the cross-dresser tag regardless of his female outfits.

In an interview with Modern Ghana, he stated, “I’m simply expressing my individuality. Most individuals ask me that query and I might say I simply need to be me. Some individuals suppose I gown (cross-dressing) like this to draw consideration, however I’ve all the time had consideration from childhood”

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Nowadays, we’ve got so many crossdressers, Bobrisky main the pack, adopted by James Brown and Jay Boogie. These males have remodeled their our bodies to seem like girls.

This yr, Umar Muda, a member of the House of Representatives launched a invoice to ban cross-dressing in Nigeria.

The invoice will likely be an modification of the Same Sex Prohibition Act to incorporate six months of jail time for crossing-dressing. This invoice threatens the supply of revenue of many cross-dressers who’ve turn into fashionable influencers.

The query stays, contemplating the long history of cross-dressing, ought to the Nigerian authorities look the opposite approach or uphold non secular convictions though Nigeria is a secular state?

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