HISTORY

And men in general, and women in particular, should put an end to their hypocritical declarations of the necessity for equal rights between the two genders – if they do not also believe it necessary to have equal rights between those genders, when homosexual. - Ikoro Iyineleda (The Pleasure Principle, 2009).

The twenty-first century came along with the emergence of an international exposure to the world wide web. And along with that exposure came also exposure to the brand of pornography that is known as “internet porn.” Pornography evolved from its being available only to (mostly) men that were willing to buy them from seedy shop-owners in dark alleys and neighbourhoods, to its being available to anyone that had internet access. With that evolution of pornography, more and more women became exposed to “internet porn.” And with this exposure, more and more women became exposed to lesbian porn – lesbian pornography being an inherent feature of almost all pornography.

Thus, the lesbian craze began. Women could not help but begin to practise what they were being exposed to via internet porn; and, merely a few years into the century, lesbianism became the order of the day amongst women. They indulged in it, they revelled in it, they wallowed in it, theyscreamed it to the highest heavens. Male homosexuality became the only perversion in homosexuality, and lesbianism gradually became accepted by women all over the world. All because of that which they saw being practised in internet porn – the pornography they had been exposed to.

And what did society in general and male homosexuality in particular have to say about this new form of chauvinism? Nothing! – most especially in Nigeria. Lesbian night-clubs sprang up all over the country. Lesbian prostitution boomed all over the land. Lesbian strip-clubs emerged – and rovided a safe haven for women who wanted to ogle women like themselves. Even non-governmental organisations like Dorothy Aken’Ova’s International Centre For Reproductive Health And Sexual Rights (INCRESE) could boldly admit to the luring of young girls into lesbianism with material trappings. INCRESE in particular organised the IGONET (INCRESE Girls Only Network) which were periodic female-only sexual rumps in Abuja, with the attendance of young girls from various campuses all over the country sponsored. In fact, the lesbian fad in Nigeria became so imbued in the nation’s culture that UcheEkwunife (then a Honourable in the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives) once had a video uploaded on YouTube of she and another woman engaging in lesbian sex. The video was later removed, and the harm it was meant to inflict proved so impotent that Ekwunife is still enjoying political successes in the nation’s political terrain today.

This is not the case with male homosexuals in the country, however; who have mostly been hounded into non-existence ever since the nation’s sodomy laws were first promulgated. Today, they face a discrimination due to their sexuality that lesbianism has never and does not face. They are persecuted, they are denigrated, they are derailed, they are scorned. And they dare not utter a word in defence, or they’ll be hounded into jails and such. A typical example of how this inequalityis condoned is that of BisiAlimi, who gained notoriety in 2004 (as compared with the glamour of lesbianism, world-wide) when he became the first Nigerian homosexual man to appear on Nigerian national television, as a guest onFunmiIyanda’s show (New Dawn with Funmi – a talk show on the Nigerian Television Authority). That same year, Bisi had been diagnosed with HIV; and on the show he confirmed his sexuality as a homosexual, and asked for societal acceptance from the public. His decision to come out of the closet generated both admiration and death threats. Consequently, Bisi was disowned by his family and most of his friends (including some in the gay community) and ejected from his home; and he eventually had to flee the country. Also, New Dawn’s live format was cancelled. Future guests on the pre-recorded version were screened by NTA executive producers to avoid what was considered to be “causing public offence.” New Dawn was later on removed from the list of programmes being aired by the NTA, though not officially because of the interview with BisiAlimi.

This proves the female sexism of the Nigerian society in particular, and of the world in general, when it comes to homosexuality. Bisi has not been the onlyhomosexual Nigerian male to be hounded out of the country as a consequence of his sexual orientation. There have been others – many others. Reverend Rowland Jide Macaulay (founder of the church, House of Rainbow) is just one of several other examples that come to mind. Meanwhile, Dorothy Aken’Ova was not hounded out of the country because of her promotion of lesbianism. Neither was UcheEkwunife hounded out of the country, after her lesbian video was uploaded on YouTube. Neither was ChidinmaOkeke, who won the Miss Anambra beauty pageant organised by the Anambra Broadcasting Service in 2015 – and who had a couple of lesbian sex-tapes of she and another young woman uploaded on the internet, even after fourteen years in jail was promulgated by the Nigerian government as punishment for same-sex relationships in Nigeria. And it is this sexism in modern society in general (and in Nigeria in particular) that is one of that which IkoroIyineleda set out to wage war upon, when he founded The Fairies Confraternity in 2009.

In the Western part of the world, it is commonly said that “Feminism is the theory, lesbianism is the practice.” Those words, often attributed to author Ti-Grace Atkinson, have the truth in them betrayed with the ease with which women cite “male faults” such as violence and unfaithfulness as reasons for their lesbianism – even in Nigeria. Those words have also grown to embody the sexist movement called political lesbianism – a movement that grew out of the “swinging sixties” of the 1960s.

Political lesbianism, as defined by Wikipedia, “embraces the theory that sexual orientation is a political and feminist choice, and advocates lesbianism as a positive alternative to heterosexuality for women as part of the struggle against sexism.” !!!! As though that in effect is not a definition of sexism in itself! In Nigeria, the inherence of women’s activism in lesbian propaganda is so visible that there even once was on Nigerian undergraduate campuses a female lesbian sorority called MATE (Men Are The Enemy). Thus, lesbianism has always had women speaking out for it – be they propagandists, be they feminists, be they sexists, be they chauvinists, be they even supposed heterosexuals such as Oprah Winfrey. But who will speak for male homosexuals? Who will act for male homosexuals? Who will fight for male homosexuals? Women generally are such sexists that even a supposedly heterosexual woman will still speak in favour of lesbianism. But no heterosexual man ever speaks in favour of male homosexuality. In Nigeria, nobody ever speaks for male homosexuality. No man, no woman. This is why IkoroIyineleda has come forward with The Fairies Confraternity – a fraternity for male homosexuals in particular, and an advocacy group for male homosexuality in general.

After the exposure to lesbianism that internet pornography brought to women, lesbianism so took over the world (as a consequence of internet porn) that even movies and web-sites that have absolutely nothing to do with pornography now treat the issue of lesbianism more frankly than does pornography itself. Without anyone realising how or when, the fad crept from pornography into the mainstream movie and literature industry. The television series, The L Word, is a major example of the extent to which the lunacy has crept into almost all spheres of entertainment. In Nigeria, hundreds – if not thousands – of Nollywood movies are based mainly on lesbianism. In Hollywood, the situation is almost literally speaking the same, if not worse. Society, internationally, having always condoned lesbianism (unlike its usual condemnation of male homosexuality) now accepted that particular female sexual orientation with blatant openness. In the United States, there is a social movement amidst females of high school or college age called Lesbian Until Graduation (LUG) – or Gay Until Graduation (GUG), or Bisexual Until Graduation (BUG) – used to describe young women who are experimenting with or adopting a temporary lesbian or bisexual identity, until graduation from college. In Ghana, up till date, whereas male homosexuality is a crime, female homosexuality is legal and accepted by law. This was the case in the United Kingdom a century or so ago, but the homosexual movement rose up to the task in that land – and overturned those sexist laws. The homosexual movement should rise up to the task also concerning similar draconian laws in countries like Ghana and Nigeria, that support female homosexuality to the detriment of the male.

Male homosexuality continues to be battered almost to oblivion in almost all countries internationally. Male homosexuals have almost no one to speak for them in countries such as Nigeria. In fact, in Nigeria, after the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act (and related laws on same-sex) criminalizing both male and female homosexuality with penalties of up to fourteen years in jail, it is only male homosexuals that have been victims of these laws. They are still the only ones being booed, whipped, shamed, and hounded into jail. The Nigerian lesbians flaunt their sexuality in public, kiss in public, pet in public. ChidinmaOkeke became a star after her lesbian video was released – had she been a man, with a homosexual video on the internet, she would be languishing in jail today.

Thus, The Fairies Confraternity was founded in the year 2009, by IkoroIyineleda; in response to the prevailing predisposition of this generation – of notions of female sexism, female chauvinism, and a major indifference to the sexual realities of the nation Nigeria in particular and of the world in general; especially by lesbians of Western orientation, political lesbianism, and feminism. So it was that The Fairies Confraternity was conceived as an organisational rally towards the conquest and the eradication of these various forms of lesbian chauvinism that have pervaded the Nigerian environment in particular and that have overcome the international environment in general. It envisions philosophies that are entirely non-conformist to the lesbian decadence that fuels these tendencies, and is intended to develop as a movement to resist the continuing negative growth prevalent in the sexist and female chauvinistic classes of Nigeria in particular and of the world as a whole, and to give the emasculated and the homosexual man that voice which the non-empowered and the lesbian woman already has, and which he does not and has never had.

It was therefore against this background and to combat these negative tendencies that IkoroIyineleda founded The Fairies Confraternity (Lords In Fairy Empires).