Find Out Which Transgender Icon Is Banned in Nigeria

Find Out Which Transgender Icon Is Banned in Nigeria

They won't be keeping up with her in the Motherland.

Published May 31, 2016

She's become widely popular after coming out as a transgender woman on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 2015. After taking over the reality TV circuit chronicling her journey, this trans* icon isn't welcomed in most of the continent of Africa, as her show was banned. Find out who she is, below.

It's none other than Caitlyn Jenner. According to BBC, her E! reality series, I Am Cait, has been dropped across the continent since the subject of one transitioning to another gender "did not sit well with some viewers."

MultiChoice, a South African pay-media company, went ahead to ban I Am Cait from airing after the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) made an official request. MultiChoice cited "respect for customers' views" and "Africa's diverse regulatory environments" are the reasoning behind the cancellation.

While the exact number of countries where I Am Cait was banned has not been revealed, MultiChoice's DSTV service broadcasts to the entire continent, so the number would be pretty jarring.

The Whisperer, a Nigerian publication, also reports that Nigerian parents had a problem with the show as they did not think it was a child-friendly program.

This isn't the first time NBC has requested that pan-African broadcasters drop LGBT-related programming. Channel 24 reports they also asked MultiChoice to drop I Am Jazz, a program airing on the TLC network chronicling the journey of transgender teen Jazz Jennings.

Check out the BET Breaks video above to learn more about Caitlyn Jenner's latest business venture.

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Written by John Justice

(Photo: REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye)


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