Why it took Gay Nigerian – Aderonke Apata – 13 years to UK asylum victory

After 13 years of failed asylums, Home Office battles and court refusals, Aderonke finally won her legal war to remain in the UK based on her sexuality.

Aderonke is openly and proudly gay.

On paper, her ‘asylum based on sexuality’ should have been a plain sailing stamp of approval since legally you only need to show ‘real risk’ of life if returned to birth country.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill in 2014 that criminalised same-sex relationship with up to 14 years in prison, before this gays were never accepted talk-less of now.

However, series of events since Aderonke’ arrival to the UK complicated matters, leading to a High court judge branding her a liar.

So what was Ronke’s story?

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