Branding and advertising expert, Kehinde Bademosi popularly known as Kenny Brandmuse has opened up on his sexual orientation and the hypocrisy surrounding homosexuality in Nigeria.
In an interview with Punch Newspapers’ Sunday Scoop, Kenny Brandmuse revealed that he has slept with influential Nigerians who would be the first to condemn homosexuality if the discussion arose.
According to him, “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”
The US-based writer also added, “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.”
Speaking on popular crossdressers, Bobrisky and Denrele, Kenny said, “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”