A UK-based Nigerian Lesbian and asylum-seeker, Aderonke Apata, says she’s ready to send a sextape of her and her partner to prove she’s gay. She claims she would be killed if she returns to Nigeria.
According to IndependentUK, Aderonke feels she has tried everything to persuade the Home Office that she’s gay. She’d sent letters from former girlfriends and supporting statements from friends but since none of them seem to be acceptable, she feels there’s only one way of providing a judge with irrefutable evidence that she’s gay and that’s by sending a video of herself and her partner in the act.
Ms Apata, 46, revealed the traumatic ordeal she has experienced:
“I was asked to bring my supporting documents for my judicial review for the court to look at. What evidence do we have to compile apart from letters from people? I knew we had a home video of ourselves, so I thought why not just put it in? I cannot afford to go back to my county where I will be tortured, so if I have to prove it with a sexual video, then I have to do it.“I feel so bad it’s got to this stage. It’s such a desperate and precarious situation to be in, very dangerous, because anything could happen to those pictures, those videos.”
Ms Apata went to Britain from Nigeria in 2004 and her asylum claim was on religious grounds. She’s from a Christian family but married a muslim man in what she says was a sham marriage to cover up her long-term relationship with another woman.
According to Ms Apata, her husband’s family turned against her as they suspected she was gay. They took her to a sharia court, where she was sentenced to death for adultery.
This latest asylum claim was also rejected, despite the fact that Ms Apata gave testimony that her ex-girlfriend in Nigeria was killed by homophobes and that Nigeria now punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years’ imprisonment.