Recently, the new Marvel superhero blockbuster, “The Eternals”, premiered on the 5th of November 2021, but, in line with the provisions of the Criminal Code of Nigeria which sanctions Nigerians from participating in homosexual activity with up to 14 years in prison, the National Film and Video Censors Boards (NFVCB) decided to indefinitely ban the movie from the nationwide screenplay.
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The ban is major because of the controversial scene, where actors, Brian Tyree Henry and HaazSleiman, share the first gay onscreen kiss to ever be featured in a Marvel production. With celebrities, like Lil Nas X to our very own Bobrisky, who has wholeheartedly embraced his sexuality within the homophobic borders of our conservative country.
This begs the question: Will Nigeria ever give room for Non-heterosexual orientation to freely be expressed?
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