Aderonke’s asylum case rejected

Amy Ashenden

Freelance journo currently on my Year Abroad in Madrid, and blogging it at madridforbeginners.wordpress.com. BA French and Spanish at the University of Southampton, Editor of studentjournals.co.uk, and previous intern at g3 magazine and Pink News. Proud freelancer for BBC South East.

Nigerian gay rights activist and LGBT role model Aderonke Apata’s case for seeking asylum in the UK, based on her sexuality, has been rejected by the High Court because a judge ruled that she was pretending to be a lesbian.

Aderonke is engaged to her long-term partner Happiness Agboro, also from Nigeria, who has already been granted asylum in the UK based on her sexuality.

John Bowers, QC, who was sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, said, ‘I find it difficult to disagree with the conclusions of the First Tier Tribunal that “she has engaged in same-sex relationships in detention in order to fabricate an asylum claim based on claimed lesbian sexuality”. I also accept the associated submission made by [the Home Office] that she has in effect adjusted her conduct so as to adopt other customs, dress and mores of a particular social group purely as a way of gaining refugee status.’

Aderonke has been nominated for a Diversity Award for her LGBT activism and is an outspoken member of Manchester’s LGBT community. We have been covering her story since 2013.