Date & Time: Monday 31 March 2014, 6-8PM
Venue: Djam Lecture Theatre (Formerly G2), SOAS
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Speakers: Ayo Sogunro, Author & Lawyer; Bisi Alimi, Activist, Journalist and Lecturer, Free University Berlin; Olumide Makanjuola, Sexual Health and Right Promoter; Hosted by Presenter and Broadcaster Funmi Iyanda.
Nigeria’s recent passage of a law banning same-sex marriage, and criminalising support of organisation’s supportive of LGBT groups, and rights – has sparked great debate about Nigeria and Africa’s attitudes to its gay and lesbian population. With a reported 96% support for the law, coupled with fierce criticism from many prominent Nigerians, including leading novelist Chimamanda Adichie, the law has polarised opinion. Amongst the voices opposed to the law has been Ayo Sogunro, a lawyer and writer, whose article, criticising the bill, and its implications for civil and human rights in Nigeria has been widely read and shared. In this event, Ayo Sogunro joins us for a discussion of the law, opportunities for progressive change in Nigeria, and a reading from his latest work, Sorry Tales, a collection of fourteen contemporary short stories, interspersed with poetry, exploring themes of human nature in general, and Nigerian social psychology in particular.". Ayo Sogunro will be joined in discussion by human rights activists Bisi Alimi, Olumide Makanjuola, hosted by presenter and broadcaster, Funmi Iyanda.
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