Caitlyn Jenner may right now be the world’s most famous transgender she/he however isn’t the first to change their gender over night. Before Caitlyn there were a numerous numbers of individuals who went under the knife to change their gender and amongst them are some Nigerians.
Below is the list of the top 5 Nigerias who have changed their gender
1. MISS SAHHARA
Miss Sahara is a British Nigerian beauty queen, fashion model, singer/songwriter, and a human rights advocate.
She is known for representing Nigeria in international beauty pageants to draw attention to the plights of LGBTQI+ people in Africa.
She is now known as Miss Sahhara, she was originally born Clifford Oche, from Benue state, Nigeria. A student of Benue state university.
In 2011, She became the first Nigerian transgender woman to come out publicly on international press during the Miss International Queen beauty pageant in Pattaya, Thailand. Miss Sahhara is almost always in the eye of controversy.
2. STEPHANIE ROSE
The Nigerian transsexual, born Dapo Adaralegbe, lives in Amsterdam as a female.
She was a man who schooled at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. According to Dapo, who attended OAU from 1995 to 2001, he was expelled from the university over his identity crisis.
He traveled to Europe where he underwent extensive surgery to become Stephanie Rose.
3. NONI SALMA
Only brought to the limelight more recently, this University of Lagos Theatre Arts graduate transformed from being a man to a woman.
Formerly known as Habeeb Babatunde Lawal, a young Nigerian entertainment journalist, she is now known as Noni Salma Lawal.
4. Mandy la Candy
While Mandy La Candy may not be a common name among Nigerian transgenders, there have been rumors that this Nigerian man knowned as Mr. Okwudili got transformed to a woman.
The Nigerian man who underwent a sex-change operation in Canada. Ms. Mandy La Candy is said to be a popular Nigerian transgender based in Canada.
5. RIZI XAVIER TIMANE
He used to be a woman. Born in Lagos Nigeria.
Now living in the US as Rizi Xavier Timane, a man.
In an interview with Ebony, he reflects on his journey to living his truth, and the burden that comes with doing it in a country (US) that doesn’t value ‘Black men’.
Here what he has to say;
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and I was assigned the female gender at birth. Both of these facts amounted to one thing: I had no power, no respect, and no privilege, nor would I have much of any of these throughout my life. Add in that I came from a less than wealthy family and was, for all intents and purposes, a lesbian, and I became a truly invisible human being; when I wasn’t being ridiculed or abused, I basically did not exist.