Say Hello To The Bravest Man In Nigeria

Hello, guys, so the response to the advent of this blog has been very mixed. Some folks expressing enthusiasm, and others being wary. Some even have been downright doubtful as to the necessity of this venture. And these reactions have been taken into consideration, the pleasant ones appreciated and the negative ones understandable. After all, na Naija we dey. 14 years is very real (lol). But hopefully, we have providence on our side, and in the same way we pray for life and shelter and provisions and a good man and good sex (:) ), let us pray for the success of this venture.

So, in other news, unless you were kidnapped by Boko Haram’s ancestors and stuck under a rock in faraway Sokoto for many, many years, then, you just must have heard about gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi, the first man to publicly declare his sexuality on Nigerian National Television back in 2004. When I think of that feat, especially in a country such as ours where the hostility toward homosexuals has always been there pre-anti-gay law, I get goose bumps.

13591354923_11303e73a7_b-1Recently, Alimi was in Washington, D.C., where, as an Aspen New Voices Fellow, he had been asked to talk to the World Bank about how they should be handling Nigeria. He also spoke to the Washington Post about his own remarkable circumstances, the realities of LGBT rights in Nigeria, and what, if anything, the international community should do to help.

Read excerpts of the interview below: Continue reading

WELCOME! THE DOOR IS OPEN

HOSTwebtopSo, quite recently, another American athlete, UMass guard Derrick Gordon came out, joining the increasingly courageous sportsmen in the US of A who have refused to hide who they truly are from the face of the society.

These Americans sef, I envy them seriously. To be in such an environment that, while still been hostile, is also tolerant enough to welcome the declaration of independence from the shackles the society has placed on us concerning who and what it is appropriate to be.

Anyway, as me sef am a Nigerian, I don’t have that luxury. But somehow, we have to keep expressing ourselves. Whether it be through the hushed moans you try to stop yourself from making while you and your partner are getting down and sweaty behind closed doors (because sex must be enjoyed, whether 14 years is there or not). Or whether it be through the formation of super-secret, super-exclusive social media groups with timelines where the members can update whatever thoughts they have without any fear of recriminations. Or whether it be through this here forum – Kito Diaries (Don’t you dare laugh at the name 🙂 ), a place where we can tell our stories for all and sundry to read, and still remain incognito and away from prying eyes.

Whichever one it is wont to be, we need to express ourselves. Our desires. Our stories. Our fears. And that is what I hope this blog will mean to you and me. A medium for interaction. As we progress, and by God’s grace, we shall be bringing updates in the form of stories (both fiction and non-fiction) to y’all. I do so hope you will have a fun time catching up on your readings. And perhaps, letting us have your stories to publish for the reading delight of others.

Do spread the word too. Kito Diaries is here, hopefully, to stay. Good morning, my people.

Do please follow us on twitter: @panther_blog and for any submissions, let us have your stories at pantherptb@yahoo.com.

I remain yours faithfully, Pink Panther (So not my real name 😉 )