Nigerian actor Uche Maduagwu complains of not getting roles after coming out as ‘proudly gay’
Comic Nollywood actor Uche Maduagwu accused some movie producers of refusing to work with him because he came out as gay in Nollywood. The controversial actor also had some very specific requirements for his Valentine’s Day date.
The actor announced he was ‘proudly gay’ a few weeks ago, and was met with mixed responses.
In a post on Instagram, he urged others to come out and share their identity, saying: “Don’t let anyone intimidate you. Come out, show your identity, you are who you are, boy, you’re who you are. Don’t let anybody intimidate you. I be gay, I be no herdsman, and I am proud.”
Uche’s coming was met with some expected resistance with one homophobic commenter saying she was offended, and would “unfollow immediately.”
Earlier, another Nigerian Bolu Okupe had made a much publicised coming out when he came out as “Gay AF” while in a pair of rainbow shorts and holding a Pride flag aloft.
Despite alots of orientation and show of support, Nigeria remains a dangerous country for the LGBTQ+ community. The country still prescribes 14 years in prison or the death penalty for homosexuality, as well as the criminalisation of LGBTQ+ rights discussions in its constitution.