Anti-gay movie heading for gay-obsessed Nigeria

Published: March 28, 2013

No good seems likely to come from this:

A Nigerian movie called “Law 58″ reportedly will be released soon, at least on DVD, with the aim of “throw[ing] light on gay practices in the country and its devastating effects on the society at large,” in the words of Naija.com.

The film, reportedly shot several years ago but not yet released, is by award-winning and formerly prominent producer-director Dickson Iroegbu.  Information Nigeria described the film as “an expository, yet shocking movie on gay practice and its consequences on the traditional African society.”

The issue of homosexuality and rumors about who is and who isn’t gay have played a prominent role recently in public discourse in Nigeria. Iroegbu himself has denied rumors that he is gay.

The country already has a law providing a sentence of up to 14 years for homosexual activity, but many legislators want stricter laws. Both house of the legislature have cast preliminary votes in favor of a bill to prohibit same-sex marriages and groups that endorse gay rights.

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