Mikael Owunna


A Photographer Captures LGBTQ Africans Around The Globe

“My Africa is one that is intrinsically hate-free, welcoming, comprehensive, and protective.”

For the past three and a half years, queer Nigerian-American photographer Mikael Owunna has traveled around North America documenting communities of LGBTQ African immigrants. “I felt that my existence was an inherent contradiction because of my sexuality. I experienced considerable homophobia in African spaces and was told that being gay was ‘un-African’—a disease from the West and white people,” he writes. “Hearing one-sided messages like that from a young age is incredibly damaging to one’s sense of self. Everyone should have the right to be who they are, without hiding key parts of themselves.”

He shared with GOOD several portraits and interviews from a project titled “Limitless.”

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