The Nigerian Centenary awards (celebrating Nigeria formally becoming a part of the British Empire in 1914) will be held on Friday 27 June, 7:00pm-1:00am at Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF.
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CLHG and our friends at London Black Atheists are planning to join the protest outside the venue Waltham Forest Town Hall from 6:00pm-8:00pm.
To be clear, we are not against the awards, the suggestion is to protest the attendance of those who supported and voted for the Anti-LGBT bill.
Hon Abike Dabire is the House Rep Chairperson on Diaspora and she was and still is a staunch supporter of criminalisng Nigerian LGBTs. She is attending the event and possibly receiving an award.
Londoners need to let her know that her anti-lgbt stance has turned some Nigerians into asylum seekers and made life hell for LGBT persons in Nigeria, therefore she is not welcome in London.
The Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, will be Chairing the event.
This Protest information is to be kept confidential for now. This is because we do not want the Awards organisers getting wind of the protest planned and attempting to stop it. This is also why a Facebook event page for this protest is not being created. However, we hope interested persons will pass across this the protest info by word of mouth or email to other people that might be interested in attending the protest.
It would be great if groups and especially individuals show their support for this on the basis that the lawmakers who criminalised Nigerian LGBTs should not think it is all over and done with. Nigerian LGBT will continue the fight for freedom in their own way. Letting the Nigerian lawmakers know that Nigerian LGBT based in London and their supporters, are not going to be silenced especially when they show up in our territory is one way to be heard.
Please come along with posters, banners and Rainbow flags.