Nigeria Fashion Week – God vs Gay People

Fashion Week International, a new show that reports on the
most fabulous fashion weeks in the world, and the culture
and politics behind them. We’ve saved the best until last,
a fashion week in the capital city of chaos. This is Lagos, Nigeria. It’s home to 8 or 15 or 18
million people, depending which census figure
you believe. And like anywhere with a large
population density, it’s not without its troubles. Civil, state-sponsored
homophobia, religious tension, and widespread corruption are
among the many factors that have led to calls for the
resignation of longstanding president, Goodluck Jonathan. MALE SPEAKER: Actually,
such elements of society should be killed. FEMALE SPEAKER: With that in
mind, we prepared ourselves for Nigeria Fashion Week with
not a little trepidation. But like all the fabulous placed
we’ve visited so far this series, we were sure we’d
find something beautiful behind the depressing
headlines. There are many different fashion
weeks held throughout the year in Lagos. But we were here for what we
were assured was the official Nigeria Fashion Week. First stop was the headquarters
of the organizers, Legendary Gold. We’ve arrived at the Legendary
Gold offices. And this is the hub of
the fashion week. We’re going to inside
and get legendary services valuable as gold. The fantastically named
Lexy Mojo-Eyes is the man in charge. He also looks like Don
King, if Don King had gone into fashion. FEMALE SPEAKER: What does
fashion mean to you? FEMALE SPEAKER: The models
are assembled for a fitting session. And things were getting
very naked. And so I went in search
of the boys. MALE SPEAKER: (SINGING) Before
you choose to use, before you choose to use, use your device
so you don’t have rain drops falling from your eyes. [INAUDIBLE]. Gonna have to pay the price,
pay the price. FEMALE SPEAKER: In what
way are you quirky? [LAUGHTER] [LAUGHTER] FEMALE SPEAKER: That’s girly? FEMALE SPEAKER: I thought
this was more serious. MALE SPEAKER: Becuase
I love Africa. Africa is the best
place to be. And when you come closer, you
find out that we are friendly people, good people. For example, in Nigeria right
now, are we not friendly? FEMALE SPEAKERS (IN UNISON):
Welcome to Nigeria Fashion Week, [INAUDIBLE]. [CHEERING] FEMALE SPEAKER: The fashion
itself was being held at a slightly rundown looking
government building where Prince Charles himself had
laid the first stone. It’s quarter past 12:00. Which is a bit worrying, because
the show is supposed to start at 12:00. And so far, there’s no show. There’s about six models
backstage who still haven’t had their hair and
makeup done. And there’s no audience. We went to check out the
backstage progress. Tempers were already rising. FRED EBOKA: I told you,
you sit here. Isn’t it? You are going back this way. FEMALE SPEAKER: This way. FRED EBOKA: Yes, exactly. So you go now. And you follow. Come back. [INAUDIBLE] just stand here. That’s what I tell you. I do not want drama. I don’t want drama, because
I’m full of drama. [LAUGHTER] FRED EBOKA: My standards
mustn’t go down because I’m in Nigeria. Standards should be the same
to you all over the world. But for some reason– FEMALE SPEAKER: It’s
not very good. FRED EBOKA: –I have to adapt
myself to a certain degree. People can wait. And they have such patience. I don’t have that kind
of patience. Don’t deny me attention. Otherwise I go very crazy and
a drama, drama queen. FEMALE SPEAKER: However, Lexy
didn’t quite see the problem. FEMALE SPEAKER: If you want
something to start at 12:00, you tell people to get
there at 8:00 AM. [LAUGHTER] FEMALE SPEAKER: And sure enough,
two hours after the first show was scheduled to
begin, the glamorous crowds started to roll in, each one
making sure to take a turn on the red carpet. MALE SPEAKER: Whoa! FEMALE SPEAKER: [INAUDIBLE]. FEMALE SPEAKER: Whoa! The thing just collapsed on me. Oh my God. It’s going to fall off. So if I move, it’s all over. But then they kill this
beautiful lady. Go, let’s go. FEMALE SPEAKER: Anyone
got matches? FEMALE SPEAKER: This year’s
theme was going green. This is understandable
given Lagos’s critical pollution issues. Energy efficient light bulb hats
and dresses made out of leaves ere made to look
surprising elegant by the gorgeous girls. And the boy’s helped out by
donning what looked to be lederhosen made of hay. One designer who stood out
was self-taught Dabo, who specialized in pairing
recycled plastic and traditional fabrics
with sexy results. FEMALE SPEAKER: I love this. Quite sexual. Do people say to you,
oh my God, Dabo? DABO: Yeah, Dabo [INAUDIBLE]. [LAUGHTER] FEMALE SPEAKER: I’m trying it. FEMALE SPEAKER: Look, they’re
all going to laugh at us. FEMALE SPEAKER: Whilst the
girls maintained a professional front, the boys
just seemed to be having a great time admiring their own
beauty and other attributes. FEMALE SPEAKER: So the more
hard you work, the bigger penis you have? FEMALE SPEAKER: Guys are
more vain than girls. MALE SPEAKER: Yeah. FEMALE SPEAKER: I’ll
give it to you. FEMALE SPEAKER: If men wore
makeup in the street, what would happen to them? FEMALE SPEAKER: It wasn’t just
social discrimination the gay community had to worry about. Homophobic sentiment
had recently been enshrined in law. FEMALE SPEAKER: We’d met Datari,
a fellow Englishman backstage, former stylist to UK
boy bands such as Boyzone. He’d come to Lagos to pursue
business opportunities. However, the recent developments
meant he was considering going
back to the UK. DATARI: If you’re really camp,
then trust me, you can’t survive in Nigeria. Why do you think I wear shirts
and hats all the time? I’m the butch, you
know what I me? I wish I could train my voice. Because that’s, like,
a giveaway, you know what I mean? If you’re gay, you either get
killed, or you go to prison, you get disowned
by your family. That’s why most Nigerian celebs,
or Nigerian guys go abroad to end up staying there
and claiming asylum. Someone calls the police. And all of you get humiliated,
put you on TV. No only are you out
to the government. You’re out to your family,
to your friends. I mean, you’ve lived a
lie all your life. And then all of a sudden,
you’re on TV for what? For being gay. Eventually, if you come out of
prison, you can’t even go back to your home town
anymore because everyone knows about it. [INAUDIBLE] stoning you, calling
you names. Trust me, you’ll get caught. FEMALE SPEAKER: After meeting
Datari and having him tell us how the majority of gay people
in Niger have to conceal their sexuality for fear of going to
prison, we started to wonder how many other people at this
fashion event were hiding their true identity. BLESSED: Your face,
you make it ugly. Yeah, you don’t do it
with your fine face. FEMALE SPEAKER: This is our
friend Blessed, the hairdresser. FEMALE SPEAKER: From the moment
we arrived, wherever we went, Blessed went too. To the extent that we could
barely talk to anyone else. Off camera, he told us some
surprising things about the gay community. He invited us to come visit his
neighborhood so that he could talk a bit more freely. First, we met his mother
and his nephew. And then he took us to some
of his friends’ houses. BLESSED: This is [INAUDIBLE] apartment. Yes. FEMALE SPEAKER: After that, he
took us to the biggest street market in Lagos. BLESSED: We are in [INAUDIBLE] Market. FEMALE SPEAKER: This is one of
the most hectic, overcrowded markets in the world, with
thousands of people passing through it at all times. And then, Blessed too us
somewhere he could confess a few things about his
relationship with the fashion world. We’re at a salon where
Blessed used to work. And they’re going
to do my nails, because they need doing. Why did you become
a hairdresser? FEMALE SPEAKER: But you are
not gay, obviously. BLESSED: Don’t say it. FEMALE SPEAKER: I
won’t say it. FEMALE SPEAKER: In the
fashion industry? FEMALE SPEAKER: Lagos is a
deeply God-fearing city, with the church having a firm hold
over the population. Even some of the fashion
photographers haven’t quite reconciled their faith with the
decadent display of flesh at the fashion week. All the models were, like,
running around naked. How did it feel? Despite Justice’s revelation
that we’re all going to hell, we return for the finale and
caught up with some fellow sinners on the red carpet. Including my favorite,
the stylish queen mother of Nigeria. FEMALE SPEAKER: I can tell. FEMALE SPEAKER: And then, Mr.
Nigeria, Deji Bakare, who describes himself as a
rapper and a singer. FEMALE SPEAKER: [LAUGHS]. What I love the most about
Nigeria Fashion Week was how the designers and models
celebrated traditional African beauty. There were no blonde hair
weaves, no plastic surgery, limited influence by
Western design. This was truly a celebration
of pure Nigerian beauty. And backstage, it was
a celebration of pure Nigerian chaos. This guy is the winner of
Nigerian Big Brother 2011. His arrival backstage caused
further chaos, with the models, their friends and
hangers on all clamoring to get a private audience
with their idol. FEMALE SPEAKER: But because this
was the final show and so much was at state, the head of
security was called to come and eject him from backstage. But instead, the security
guy let him off in exchange for an autograph. FEMALE SPEAKER: And here he
is thinking about it. Hm, maybe in a minute. Nah, I’ll just get his autograph
and let him stay. Despite the general madness,
Nigeria Fashion Week ended on a high. But just as we thought our
Nigerian fashion adventure was over, we were invited to this. Nigeria’s Next Supermodel is
a tribute to Tyra Banks’s America’s Next Top Model. Although we’re not really
sure if Tyra’s ever actually seen it. It’s run by Joan, former
Miss Nigeria. JOAN: This is my house
here on the left. And of course, the small
bungalow is where we do a lot of our stuff for the girls. FEMALE SPEAKER: And they’ve been
living there, have they? JOAN: Yeah, yeah. The girls have been here. FEMALE SPEAKER: That’s
so finalists in the contest had been living in her garage in
Lagos, undergoing a sort of modeling boot camp. Along with her nephew, David. DAVID: Three, two,
one, let’s go. FEMALE SPEAKER: The finale of
Nigeria’s Next Supermodel was being help in a luxurious hotel
on the [INAUDIBLE] of the lagoon. Here we are. We were here to witness
the dreams of one young girl come true. So already this is very
different from Nigeria Fashion Week. This is really kind of slick. It’s a bit swanky. [INAUDIBLE]. FEMALE SPEAKER: The crowd
promptly arrived dressed to be seen. FEMALE SPEAKER: After four hours
of dress rehearsals, yelling, people being kicked
out then let back in– FEMALE SPEAKER: –the audience
were finally allowed to take their seats. FEMALE SPEAKER: They waited
another hour. The models finally emerged,
only to exit the room immediately. We had no idea what
was going on. But we figured it was best
to follow the talent. Where are you going? FEMALE SPEAKER: We were
in the venue. The audience arrived all
in their glad rags. The models walk out, pile
into this tiny van. And now they’re going
on a yacht. I don’t know what the audience
were thinking about the whole thing. Yeah, but we’re all right. We’ve got the models. We’ve got them. We’re going into this weird
building, which looks like– don’t know. It’s a very unusual situation. MR. PERFECT: One, two,
three, four. FEMALE SPEAKER: Upon reaching
the docks, Mr. Perfect, the choreographer, promptly engaged
the models in a kind of military style marching
[INAUDIBLE], all whilst wearing six inch heels. [INTERPOSING VOICES] FEMALE SPEAKER: How many times
have you rehearsed? MR. PERFECT: Three times. FEMALE SPEAKER: Just three? MR. PERFECT: Yeah. We’ll make it. [MUSIC PLAYING] FEMALE SPEAKER: Out on the deck
of the yacht, looking around at these wonderful
girls dancing under the enormous African sky, all
worries we had about what the hell was going on disappeared. [CHEERING] [SINGING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE] FEMALE SPEAKER: Of all the
moments I’ve experienced on this first season of Fashion
Week Internationale, from blackouts and bomb shelters in
Islamabad, being eaten alive by mosquitoes on a cattle truck
in Cambodia, and who can forgetting witnessing live
ass surgery in Colombia? I think that being there on
that yacht in Lagos was something that will stay
with me forever. And that’s why I momentarily
lost control of my senses. [SINGING] Every night in my dreams– FEMALE SPEAKERS (IN
UNISON): [SINGING] I see you, I feel you. That is how I know you go on. All across the distance and
spaces between us, you [INAUDIBLE] to show you go on. Near, far, wherever you are, I
will believe that my heart will go on. Once more, you open the door. And you’re here– [AIR HORN] FEMALE SPEAKERS (IN
UNISON): [SINGING] My heart will go on and on. [CHEERING] FEMALE SPEAKER: After all that
time on the yacht, I’d almost forgotten what we were there
for, until the contestants sprung into action. [MUSIC PLAYING] FEMALE SPEAKER: Before the final
results were announced, Joan’s nephew David took to
the floor to performance a song he’d prepared specially
for the occasion. [APPLAUSE] DAVID: [SINGING] [INAUDIBLE] can’t you see? You were made to fly far
above the clouds. You were made to fly. JOAN: These three girls are
the ones that [INAUDIBLE]. [CHEERING] JOAN: Second runner
up is [INAUDIBLE]. Ladies and gentlemen, the first

100 thoughts on “Nigeria Fashion Week – God vs Gay People”

  1. I wish u change Yo title some of us we a offered how can u compare God who gave u life with Satan who is going to burn yo eternity

  2. The title was super misleading and was a serious reach! The producer's attempt to address homosexuality and homophobia–along with the negativity surrounding the controversy, was incorrectly and inadequately attached to Nigerian fashion week, there was zero correlation in the actual heart of this video. You could've just simply done a documentary on NFW and left it at that.

  3. Arriving late is one thing I hate to do. My friend is notorious for doing that. I think he wants people to notice him, I really do. Why else would you show up late intentionally? Is that why most black people arrive late to events, they want to be seen?

  4. This documentary is complete rubbish! This is simple a white perspective of Nigeria! I love my country and I am very aware that is far from perfect , but making comments such as the “capital of chaos “ is so ignorant! I couldn’t stand to continue watch such terrible work because it shouts out ignorance. Please let’s try again and this time with a better mindset.

  5. some beautiful girls there …..shame most will end up used and thrown away. but this is the world we live in.

  6. Does anyone else not think it wasn't right for them to film the female models while they were getting changed??

  7. Made me kind of sad when the albino black man said he didn't know where he belongs because everyone is black. Honey you are black too! You are just without your melanin, buy you are part of the community! I couldn't imagine feeling so alone among my own. And it was so sweet when the young man sang about how he loved Nigeria, I hope I can visit one day.

  8. The thing is most African males think they're better than other males just cos they're taller or manlier than u.its a pity

  9. Motherfuckers don't even have fucking clean drinking water, proper affordable housing, inequality via classism, fake scam pastors and they are worried about The Fucking devil and gay people ………….dumb fucks!

  10. Gay is just another trap against 'Life' and leads to the end of everlasting 'Life'. Reduce your population by convincing people to embrace homosexuality.

  11. The fashion is unbelievably superb! I kept chanting to myself during the whole thing, “ I’m not racist, I’m not racist, I’m not racist”.

  12. I just have no appreciation for art whatsoever and I honestly don’t understand fashion shows like I wouldn’t wear anything like in the runways I’m just shocked this is not how Lagos is at all

  13. My God this interviewer is absolutely awful honestly like no freaking agenda in this video honestly she should be apprehended honestly For such a terrible video …… and honestly this blessing guy is saying utter rubbish

  14. Are you even allowed to show people’s nipples online like this is the worst documentary ever honestly.

  15. This is the most shameful thing ever like I can’t even deal with this crap video at least the interviewer was honest about her opinions on everything ….

  16. They ladies needs privacy.pls we respect our ladies.simple respect them for who and what they wants.simple

  17. We do not discriminate against albino in Nigeria is just that the weather most of the time is unfavourable to their skins bcos it's hot and at times so humid.and being recessive genes with less Melanin they have some challenges.

  18. This isn't the whole Nigeria…this is just Lagos….. that's not what I want to talk about…why the fuck do I feel like this is just showing one side?

  19. The fashion was absolutely stunning. I kind of expected to see a lot of western influence in the designs but was pleasantly surprised when I saw that wasn't the case at all. Any one of those garments could be a Vogue cover or an editorial.

  20. Instead on focusing on the positive…. Im just at a loss of words….. This is exploitative at the least. Just talk about the good as if white people were doing it

  21. HOW can a place ONLY have beautiful people? its so unfair
    even the shots of street people they have a models face and body

  22. abrahamic religions like christianity and islam destroyed africa and south america. ban this perverse culture and free our own

  23. The depressing headlines that you helped to create unnecessarily at the start of this video. This video is supposed to be about Nigerian Fashion Week & you had to talk about the outlawing of gay marriages and politics??? Would you do that with London fashion week reporting!

  24. Did vice just intentionally show off that woman’s boobs without consent talk about sexual assault shady camera man

  25. Hey I don’t like this girl abs how she’s shading our continent I’m not even Nigerian but I feel like she’s mocking them

  26. This is the worst Vice report I have watched, very biased and not even the standard fashion show in the country

  27. Justice told the truth! IF they knew WHAT "WE" know, they'd have fear of the Most High God our Lord & Saviour Jesus whose given us signs of WHAT to look for when He returns. He is coming back SOOON. Verry soon! Look up 👆 people

  28. Why is it that even in a free country to embrace their own culture they still want to be and emulate European culture. This is an embarrassment to them. How sad that they fail miserably in copying European or American culture. Why aren't they growing food, learning ways to build wealth and prosperity and raising moral good families?

  29. The whole show is copied from western design. It only has no blond weave and nice clothes is because they can't afford it. And this so called celebrity is so freaking laughable, are you kidding me??

  30. Imogene. This was torture to watch. I don't know which is worse the football shaped face white ugly ass host acting like she is retarded or the absolut joke of fashion and celebrity called Nigerian.

  31. Reporter is rude, disrespectful and ignorant. Why are you undermining the culture and traditions, asking dumb ass questions that don’t pertain to the topic, and embarrassing important people. what a dick, I mean seriously who thinks about the periodic table during fashion week?

  32. It bothers me that i see people from that continent with horrible wigs or outdated hardtyles or atrocious relaxers or unprofessional makeup applications

  33. 2:14–2:19 with 0.25 speed (mute vice) then listening to Cyrenic – Still Life , at the same time then hit the[<–] every time its 2:18 you wont regret it

  34. There is no gate people and good people good people are just as good as gay people so don’t make fun of gay people OK

  35. why does this video have a negative and passive aggressive narrative. stop comparing africa to the west. we are different and keep the rude side comments about what you see and don't like to yourself. ALSO, understand that not everyone likes gay people. stop pushing that western agenda on us. you claim to be accepting of all but you aren't accepting of people not accepting gays.

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