Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Blessed Body

It took me less than two days to read this 269-page book and I can tell you that it is one of the best books I have ever read so far. It is authentic, very captivating, unputdownable and above all shattered a myth that there are no gays in Nigeria! Darling there are too many gays in Nigeria, but please tell no one!

The stories are compelling and the publication of the book could not have come at a better time: barely a month since 49 people and more than 50 others were killed and injured in Pulse Gay Bar in Orlando, Florida.

Sometimes, it is very crucial to sit back and listen to the other side of the debate. This is one skill lawyers know very much about which unfortunately others do not yet understand and appreciate. Voltaire once said: “I do not agree with a word that you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." I couldn't agree more!

As a lawyer, I strongly believe that everybody should have the freedom to be who they are without fear of intimidation. Blacks should be proud to be blacks just as whites should be proud to celebrate their colour. Nigerians should be proud of their country just as Biafrans should not be denied the freedom to self-determination.

In the same vein, just as straight men are free to play rugby and talk about girls, so do gay men should be free to drink exotic cocktails, talk about boys and go to Beyoncé and Kylie concerts. That is the meaning of freedom. You cannot have it both ways. You cannot eat your cake and have it. You cannot go through a passage and block the exit for others. You must keep moving! You cannot have and enjoy your rights and prevent others from enjoying theirs. The Igbos of Eastern Nigeria captured this philosophy in a very pungent manner: let both the eagle and the vulture perch, but if either does not want the other to perch let him proffer an amicable solution. That is elementary logic and that is why I am very proud to write an afterword for this book!

This book is worth buying and reading in order to listen to, understand and appreciate the other side of this debate and argument. Making a judgment over an issue without going through the related debates is not just immature but a sign of uncivilized people and nation and in fact a complete illogicality. A logical mind would always listen and think before coming to a conclusion.

As already pointed out above, the publication of this book and my reading of it could not have come at a better time. I took a delivery of my own copy just hours after finishing Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'. Both books share the same theme: oppression of a group of people: homosexuals and blacks.

I therefore encourage you to buy and read the book.

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