A US-based, self-confessed Nigerian homosexual, Kehinde Badmus aka Kenny Brandmuse has disclosed how he slept with a Nigerian Senator and some church members.
The brand expert made the disclosure in an interview published by Sunday Punch.
Brandmuse condemned the hypocrisy surrounding homosexualism in Nigeria and encouraged Nigerians to allow more honest conversations about sexual orientation in the country.
The popular gay man dispelled the notion that homosexuality is a devilish or white man thing, stressing that the first set of gay people he slept with in Nigeria could hardly speak a word of English and were regular churchgoers.
He said, “The elephant in the room is denial. We pretend these things are not here. We blame it on the devil or white people. I once slept with a Nigerian Senator, and I’m not surprised he will be the first to put his hands up voting in favour of the same sex marriage prohibition act. While in Nigeria, I had sex with church ministers who would come in the open to preach against homosexuality as though it was the reason why Nigeria never had constant electricity. The hypocrisy is deafening. We didn’t learn about same-sex relationships from western countries. Some of my first same-sex encounters were mostly with people who didn’t speak English at all or ever set their feet in a Western school environment. Gay people are not the only ones who need to come out. We all need to look into our lives and be upfront with ourselves. Am I living my authentic life or am I living it to please families and friends? To come out is to confront shame and limitations to live our most authentic life.”
He also spoke on popular cross dressers, Bobrisky and Denrele Edun, saying, “In our days as young gay Nigerians, it was Denrele Edun. All that Bobrisky is doing now, Denrele did and even more. Just that there were no social media. To me, Bobrisky and Denrele are powerful provocateurs and gender-bending individuals who continue to use the power of the media to project a side of us we often hide away from. They don’t have to be gay. If they say they are not gay, then they are not. Gender presentation or identity is not equal to sexual orientation. There are famous drag queens here in America who are not gay.”
The Herald recalls that in 2016 Brandmuse said he was homesick but was afraid of being killed in Nigeria because of his sexual orientation.