Micheal Ighodaro, the US-based Nigerian gay rights activist, has tied the knot with Jirair Ratevosia, his Armenian-American partner. 


In separate Instagram posts, the couple shared pictures of themselves showing off their wedding rings.

The wedding ceremony took place on Monday night in New York.

The event was graced by other Nigerian gay rights activists including Edafe Okporo and Jide Macaulay.


Ighodaro had earlier taken to his social media handles to express his excitement ahead of the wedding.

He said he was aware the marriage would “spark important discussions in my country” but “love conquers all”.


He described his relationship with Jirair as a “journey filled with happiness and love”.

“In just five days, I’ll be saying ‘I do’ to this incredible person, in a world where love faces challenges worldwide, especially where I come from. I’m fortunate to be among the few who can proudly call someone their husband. This upcoming week will spark important discussions in my country, so I’m determined to make our wedding a cinematic experience – a reminder that love conquers all!” he wrote on Instagram.

“Watch us as we embark on this journey filled with happiness and love. Through the ups and downs, we choose sweet over bitter any day! As they say in my country “As he Dey pain then he Dey sweet us!!!!! Hahahahhahahahha.”

Micheal is a passionate advocate for LGBTI rights and HIV prevention. Originally from Nigeria, Micheal had to flee his country after he was attacked due to his sexual orientation and work


Jirair, on the other hand, is a US politician seeking to be elected as a congressman from California district.

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