Nigerian Actor Sentenced to Prison For Gay Sex

Committed crime of "unnatural offence"


A NIGERIAN actor has been sentenced to three months in prison after allegedly admitting to having sex with a man, deemed an "unnatural offence" under Nigerian law.

Bestwood Chukwuemeka, who is not well known but has reportedly acted in movies produced by Nigeria's prolific Nollywood film industry, was sentenced this week in a magistrates court in the capital Abuja.

According to police prosecutor Mohammed Umar, Chukwuemeka had a sexual encounter with a friend's brother in August at a private home and was later arrested after the other party informed the police. He initially denied the charge.