The “comedy sketch” encouraging sexual assault against gay men was first posted by Gossip Mills Nigeria: a skit by comedian Ogusbaba titled The Lekki Gay Skit. It went viral, prompting posts from British media outlets such as BBC and Pink News.
The video, created by the comedian Ogusbaba, features an effeminate gay man acted by the comedian himself. It starts off with Ogusbaba at home, and he is visited by another man played by the actor Stephen Odimgbe. Ogusbaba invites him in excitedly, promising his guest that the night will be a “delight”, before asking him if they’re going to “have some fun”.
“Oh yeah, we are going to dig it down together,” retorts his guest, before snapping his fingers which prompts two intimidating men to enter the scene.
The four get into a confrontation about Ogusbaba being gay, with Odimgbe mocking him in a high-pitched voice: “I love you, you’re the apple of my eye.”
The two men new to the scene set down a bag and begin to pull out objects that they talk about sexually assaulting Ogusbaba with. Starting with a banana, one man played by Jnr Pope says: “This one’s too small, don’t worry yourself,” then proceeds to pull out a cucumber, then a paw-paw and finally a yam with a bottle of olive oil.
The video ends uncomfortably, with two of the men holding Ogusbaba down while the third prepares to sexually assault the man with the vegetable – all because he is gay.
Apparently, Nigerians now find sexual assault funny.
The video has been shared thousands of times and has sparked a debate. Many comments praise the video, but some debunk it.
Prominent gay rights activists have condemned the video. They include Rev. Jide Macaulay, who condemned the video, saying: “It glorifies and glamorizes homophobic attacks faced daily in reality by many LGBTI people in Nigeria. Ogusbaba need to understand that this is not funny. Your comedy is giving license to haters to attack gay people.
“We urge Ogusbaba to withdraw this sketch, apologise to the gay community and condemn any homophobic abuse as a result of this comedy,” said the activist, who has launched an online petition calling on Ogusbaba to stop promoting hate crimes against LGBT Nigerians.
“We have documented many cases of violence against unsuspecting gays who meet people via social media or other means and simply agreed to a date or sexual encounter. Social media is being used to entrap gay men,” he says.
Activist Bisi Alimi believes the motivations behind Ogusbaba’s sketch are clear.
“He [Ogusbaba] wanted it to go viral. He knew the average Nigerian would find it funny and share it,” Alimi says. “He knew it would create controversy and be talked about.”
If you will, check on the video below: