We think it's possible we linked to this earlier (give us a break, we're getting old) but this Poets & Writers interview with Chris Abani is interesting enough that, if we did, it merits a revisit.
P&W: Do you think Nigeria will ever tolerate gay people?
CA: It’s torn, you know. The government just passed a law saying that same sex marriage is illegal, but that’s not even the full extent of it. Another law says you can’t even protest, that it’s criminal to have a dissident view of this. But Nigerians, lawyers, journalists, men, women, gay, straight, bisexual, northern, southern, have come out in droves to protest this stuff. Even in this country, we still have this raging debate about how homosexual couples shouldn’t adopt children because they’re bound to become homosexuals. As if, I mean, first of all, not only is that completely ridiculous, it’s not the way it works, because most homosexuals come from straight families. But, then, the idea that that is something so terrible…. Nigeria has a lot of problems, just like everywhere else in the world. What’s happening is that in the last ten to fifteen years, even prior to [military dictator Sani] Abacha dying [in 1998], Wole Soyinka and others were pushing certain conversations that haven’t happened for a long time. Conversations about ethnicity and how that affects how we interact in Nigeria…
But these conversations are happening, and conversations about homosexuality. Not in the usual way in which Nigerians will say, “Oh, that never happens here.” It’s not only that it happens here, but we should start talking about homosexuals having rights. However contentious the conversation is, the fact that there is a conversation is a really, really big development. And that already tells us that we’re on the way to resolution.