Okayafrica sits down with Nigerian-American visual artist and LGBT activist Adejoke Tugbiyele for this week's installment of Studio Africa.
“Please remember to breathe deeply within this tense political climate,” ends an email from Adejoke Tugbiyele. The Nigerian-American visual artist and activist is working tirelessly to give voice to the voiceless during these uncertain times. Not just here in America, where election season is in full swing and the threat of you know who is looming. In 2013 and 2014 the Brooklyn-born artist found herself living and creating art in Lagos, when Nigeria passed its draconian anti-gay law. The news made Tugbiyele, who is a lesbian, physically ill. That year she became the first woman of Nigerian heritage to come out publicly in the media.