Nigerian singer, Simisola Kosoko, popularly known as Simi has tendered an apology to the LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning (or Queer) community in Nigeria for the homophobic comments she made earlier this year.

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Earlier this year, Simi during her Youtube show, Stoopid Sessions said homosexuality is not natural. She said;
They say they’re born that way, but I haven’t seen any biological proof,”
The comment had drawn widespread criticism among the LGBTQ community, with Bisi Alimi notably slamming her on social media. He said that Simi is a hypocrite for sympathising with abroad blackness while ‘promoting local homophobic violence against their own’.

Simi via her Twitter page, took responsibility to apologise for the earlier comment, as she pleaded with queer people for discriminating against their sexuality. In the long post, she stated that no body deserves to be hated and subjected to live in fear because of their sexuality.

Simi wrote on Twitter;

“To members of the LGBTQ community -Nobody deserves hate like you’re often given. Nobody should have to live in fear. I carelessly and casually addressed an issue that is a matter of life and death for many. It was not my intention to hurt you, but I did and I’m sorry
At first, I didn’t understand your anger, because I honestly thought I was admitting to and questioning my bias. I believed you misunderstood me, so I wasn’t sure how to respond.
I found out someone was almost killed very recently because they are a member of the LGBTQ community. This, and the knowledge of those globally who have died or been hurt for similar reasons, has humbled me. I see how the things we say, even without meaning to, can encourage prejudice. Your life is bigger, by far, than my pride. So I’m really, really sorry.
As a woman, I understand discrimination, but I realize I may not understand the unique ways the LGBTQ community experiences it. I am learning, but I’m sorry that this time, I did so at your expense.”

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