James Brown, Nigerian cross-dresser, and Denrele Edun, TV personality, have featured in ‘The Legend of the Underground’, a new sexuality-based documentary by HBO, American television network. 


The documentary follows the story of Micheal Ighodaro, LGBT activist, who departed Nigeria to the United States because of the vilification and marginalisation towards him as a result of his “queer” sexuality.

John Legend, the mulitiple Grammy award winner, who is an executive producer of the documentary, shared the trailer on his Instagram page.

Directed by Nneka Onuorah, American film director, and Giselle Bailey, her counterpart, the gender-based documentary is expected to premiere on HBO Max on June 29.


The film is also scheduled to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 10, 2021


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The less than 2-minute trailer follows the narratives of several gay people, including that of James Brown who was arrested alongside 46 other persons in October 2020.

The 22-year-old was thereafter charged with alleged public display of affection with members of same-sex and kept at the Ikoyi correctional facility.


The court, however, dismissed the case, citing “lack of diligent prosecution.”

Denrele Edun had last year also narrated the hostile treatment he often received from some people who perceive him to be gay.

According to HBO, “‘The Legend of the Underground’ paints a portrait of a new generation that uses social media, underground radio, and any other resources at their disposal to fight for their rights of personal expression.

“Through bold creativity, they work to spark a cultural revolution that would challenge the ideals of gender, conformity, and civil rights in Nigeria.”


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