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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

"From attempting suicide in Nigeria to Miss Transsexual final' - Read AFP's feature of transgender Miss Sahhara

Transgender beauty queen, Miss Sahhara is currently representing Nigeria in the 2016 Miss Trans Star International pageant holding in Barcelona, Spain. Sahhara, whose real name is Clifford Oche, recently shared some photos from the event. (See here)

The Nigerian Transgender has now been interviewed by AFP. Read excerpts as you continue...


Miss SaHHara was born in the wrong country, and in the wrong body. Repression in her native Nigeria almost drove her to suicide, but this weekend she was cruising down the runway in a cream dress -- one of several finalists at the Miss Trans Star International beauty pageant in Barcelona, Europe's main such event.

Set up in 2010 in the Spanish Mediterranean seaside city, the fifth edition of the contest this weekend crowned Brazil's Rafaela Manfrini as this year's transsexual queen, although winning was secondary for participants who have often experienced discrimination and repression.

Among the candidates were transsexuals from Japan, South Africa, Colombia, Turkey, and Nigeria, whose activist chat stood out.

Sporting a cream dress with a plunging neckline, Miss SaHHara glided down the runway without a hint of shyness, drawing in the 300-strong audience with her light-green eyes.

Nothing much remained from the young 19-year-old man who fled Nigeria for London more than a decade ago.

"I had severe disphoria. My breasts weren't growing, I didn't have a vagina, I looked at myself in the mirror and I did not feel comfortable with my body," she told AFP before the gala final Saturday.
Miss SaHHara, as she is known, always knew she was a woman.

She would put on make-up and wear her mother's high heels.
But in Nigeria, where homosexuality and transsexuality are illegal and punishable by 14 years in jail, her situation was tough.

"In the street, they were always attacking me, harassing me," she said. "I came back home and my family would harass me, they said 'you're wrong, you need to change, act like a man'."
She twice attempted suicide and says she was imprisoned in Nigeria for wearing women's attire before escaping to London, first as an illegal migrant, then as a refugee.

"There was no way I could have survived in Nigeria, this is why I had to leave," she said.

In Britain, she underwent surgery to become a woman with long, curly blond hair, big breasts and full lips. She works as a model and singer, and also manages her own NGO to help transsexuals.
"London gave me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and be my true self," she said.
"I'm hoping that by speaking out and coming to Miss Star, I will try to influence people or perhaps influence my government to revoke 14 years imprisonment for LGBT in Nigeria."

40 comments:

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

GOOD TO SEE









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ADeSeWa said...

good for her

Anonymous said...

congrats to her
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Uju Phil said...

Be deceiving yourself there oh man! I bet you're not representing Nigeria, OYO!!! #Psycho

Bonita Bislam said...

If the tales I hear about heaven is true, then I pity the angels that will do human verification. They will be in a herculean task of differentiating Anthony of old and Lilian of today, Adam and Steve couple, etc lolxxxx

Bonita Bislam said...

If the tales I hear about heaven is true, then I pity the angels that will do identity verification on the last day . They will be in a herculean task of differentiating Anthony of old and Lilian of today,etc lolxxxx

Vivian Reginalds said...

yeye
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glowy shoe said...

That is the normal language nau.. Wrong country and wrong body.. They simply saying God made a mistake in creating us the way we are

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Saphire Muna said...

........ As long as am concern our government is not fair with this people..To me, What they are doing is sin, but they ar not hurting anybody.... Is their life, their body, so punishing them for living their normal life is wrong.... My opinion though
















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QUI OO said...

INFLUENCE WHICH YOUR GOVERNMENT TO DO WHAT? GO AND SIT DOWN!..... NONSENSE!

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Nweme Jonathan Eyo said...

This is what I courage and determination against what people says about you or think of you

Iphie Abraham said...

There's nothing good here joor. Abomination








Lib addict#just passing#

OSINANL said...

THIS CLIFFORD OF A MAN NO GO DIE BETTER

Musa simon audu said...

Good for her... #Lindatakenote

Anonymous said...

On her own

christie benjamin said...

This is the case of when life gives u lemons, call dem "yellow oranges" and sell dem for double the price! i wish ha all d best tho.

dee boi said...

Radarada... dee

Anonymous said...

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Theophilus karinate said...

Like Clifford turned Saharra or whatever the name is said it's illegal in Nigeria, yet she represented Nigeria in the Transgender beauty pageant. She should be arrested and sent to jail for daring our great country.

Juliet Iwuno said...

O.Y.O is his name. Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

She fine

Anonymous said...

i dont understand why u always use the phrase,representimg nigeria,pls note,nigeria forbids gay,trans etc.so I dont know the nigeria he is repesenting.And believe it,that boy is not and can never be happy,unless he turns back to God in tepentance

Anonymous said...

i dont understand why u always use the phrase,representimg nigeria,pls note,nigeria forbids gay,trans etc.so I dont know the nigeria he is repesenting.And believe it,that boy is not and can never be happy,unless he turns back to God in tepentance

Jamila Shaibu said...

Okkk

Dorcas Scott said...

I reserve my comment.

Anonymous said...

Although i no support this kind thing, but this Sahhara fine sha o!

Hair Wonder Whatsapp 07038005613 said...

Worry not, just wait till that day.
You obviously have no idea of what you're saying.

Anonymous said...

Why is Linda trying to promote the gay and LGBT agenda in this country? If you're a lesbian please come out already

evy claret said...

His business...I AM VERY PROUD OF MY COUNTRY

Eva Da Diva...

Anonymous said...

Representing nigeria? Dear lib you have so much disrespect for your country. Atleast use quite for her statement. Nigeria does not take part in such as our laws criminalize it.

Anonymous said...

Representing nigeria? Dear lib you have so much disrespect for your country. Atleast use quite for her statement. Nigeria does not take part in such as our laws criminalize it.

Anonymous said...

19 years old indeed.

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Congrats to her

Anonymous said...

even devil dey call God. this God don suffer. the most funny part is that many Nigerians claim to be religious but they are not. they are the worst sinners in this world that have corrupt leaders, ignorant and rude citizens, going online to scam white people. they even believe in polygamy but of course when they come across a member of the LGBTQ community, they start quoting the bible. keep deceiving yourselves Nigerians. this Sahhara is too kind that despite all these fools called Nigerians did to her, she even represents them in beauty pageant. Sahhara keep going, don't mind the hypocrites.

esther zein said...

even devil dey call God. this God don suffer. the most funny part is that many Nigerians claim to be religious but they are not. they are the worst sinners in this world that have corrupt leaders, ignorant and rude citizens, going online to scam white people. they even believe in polygamy but of course when they come across a member of the LGBTQ community, they start quoting the bible. keep deceiving yourselves Nigerians. this Sahhara is too kind that despite all these fools called Nigerians did to her, she even represents them in beauty pageant. Sahhara keep going, don't mind the hypocrites.

esther zein said...

even devil dey call God. this God don suffer. the most funny part is that many Nigerians claim to be religious but they are not. they are the worst sinners in this world that have corrupt leaders, ignorant and rude citizens, going online to scam white people. they even believe in polygamy but of course when they come across a member of the LGBTQ community, they start quoting the bible. keep deceiving yourselves Nigerians. this Sahhara is too kind that despite all these fools called Nigerians did to her, she even represents them in beauty pageant. Sahhara keep going, don't mind the hypocrites.

esther zein said...

Nigeria is the most foolish country in this world. all of you should die in your socalled beliefs

Anonymous said...

such an inspiration.

esther zein said...

beating someone up because he/she is gay or trans. well if you not in their shoes, you never know where it hurts.. fight for your selves. life is too short to be worried about what people say or think about you. our bodies nd face will die one day but our spirits live on. because our spirits is who we are.....

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