A popular Nigerian LGBT activist, Pamela Adie, has filed an appeal against the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) after they refused to register an NGO she set up for Lesbians.
In a move to make her activism more organised, the Calabar-based activist decided to register a Non-Governmental Organisation, which she calls Lesbian Equality and Empowerment Initiative (LEEI).
But her request to make the organisation a government recognised body was rejected and that has led to her filing an appeal seeking that the decision is overturned.
Updating her followers on her Twitter page which is largely made of the LGBT community, Pamela noted that the CAC refused to register the NGO because the word “lesbian” was offensive.
She wrote: “NOTICE OF APPEAL FILED IN THE CASE OF PAMELA ADIE vs. CAC
"Background: As some of you may be aware, I applied to register a nonprofit called Lesbian Equality & Empowerment Initiative(LEEI) but was denied by the Nigerian govt. agency, Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC), because it said “Lesbian” was offensive.
“I felt this was an infringement of my constitutional Right to Freedom of Association. My team and I filed a suit against CAC in 2018 at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
“In the same year, the Honorable court delivered a judgment in favor of CAC and cited the discriminatory Section 4 of the Same-Sex Marriage(Prohibition) Act of 2013 as a reason for denial of my constitutional right to Freedom of Association.
“As law-abiding citizens of this great country, Nigeria, we are pursuing all available legal options and have filed a notice of appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal in Abuja, Nigeria. This marks the beginning of the appeal process.”
Following up on the information which she had shared and responding to those who were reaching out to her about the case, she tweeted:
"Some of you have reached out to ask about the case. If you would like to stay updated, please follow @LeeiNigeria here and on all our social media platforms(Twitter, IG, Facebook). We will be actively sharing more information and how you can support the case.
"I thank everyone who has supported our pursuit for justice and fairness as we follow due process to ensure that the constitutionally guaranteed right to Freedom of Association is enjoyed by EVERY Nigerian. Thank you. - Pamela Adie.”
Pamela Adie became famous in 2011 when she left her then two-year-old marriage after coming out as a lesbian to her family.
She has been actively fighting for the LGBT community in Nigeria to be recognised, and recently, she produced a documentary series, titled: ‘Under the Rainbow', which details her struggles as a lesbian living in Nigeria.