UK-based Nigerian Lesbian, Aderonke Apata Wants to Submit her Sextape to Prevent Being Deported Back to Nigeria
Naija ladies always device a way to get whatever they want, no matter the situation. Lol! Just few days after a few actress accused Stella Damasus of trying to use her “fake” story of assassination attempt to get Visa to stay back in the US, another Naija is in the news for trying to use her séxuality to get asylum in the UK.
Aderonke has tried everything to persuade the Home Office that she’s gay. She’d sent letters from former girlfriends – both in Britain and Nigeria – and supporting statements from friends.
But after her claim that she could be killed because of her séxuality if she is sent back to Nigeria was rejected, she feels there’s only one way to prove to a judge, with irrefutable evidence, that she’s indeed gay. And that is by releasing a séx tape she recorded secretly…
Aderonke’s experience is echoed by many asylum-seekers in Britain who are having to go to extreme lengths to persuade sceptical immigration officers of their séxuality. Aderonke still feels distraught at having shared such an intimate record of her personal life.
Funny enough, when this same Aderonke went to Britain from Nigeria in 2004, her asylum claim was based on religious grounds. She is from a Christian family, but had married a Muslim man in what she says was a sham arrangement to cover up her long-term relationship with another woman.
According to Aderonke, 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. She says her brother and three-year-old son were killed in related incidents.
She ran and went into hiding after two appeals for asylum were rejected, living on the streets in Manchester to make sure she would not be deported. In 2012, after being caught working as a care manager with a false Visa, she tried again to apply for asylum – saying she feared returning to Nigeria and being persecuted for her séxuality.
This latest asylum claim was also rejected, despite the fact she gave testimony that her ex-girlfriend in Nigeria was killed in a vigilante attack in 2012 and the country’s law now punishes homoséxuality with up to 14 years’ imprisonment.
Aderonke’s story has garnered mass support, with one petition demanding Theresa May halt her deportation already attracting more than 230,000 signatures.