Uju Anya, a Nigerian linguist and lesbian, has doubled down on a comment she made after a report by Newsbreak, insisting that no amount or form of prayer can cure away the homosexual disposition of any individual who identifies him or herself as one.
Anya, a university professor and researcher in applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies in the United States, had in a series of Twitter posts on Wednesday criticised a movie entitled: “Pray Away”, for depicting a message that homosexuals can change to heterosexuals through fevernt prayers on their behalf.
She claimed that the said movie depicted a wicked lie of telling homosexuals that they can be cured of their sexual preference.
Responding to Newsbreak‘s report, the scholar criticised the online media, claiming that they create stories from her Twitter posts to generate clicks for their website.
She tweeted: “Outlets reproduce my threads for clickbait calling it their “article.” Usually with commentary aligning readers with/against my ideas. This one didn’t editorialize. Just let my words speak. Does this mean I’ve published a pro-LGBTQ essay in Newsbreak NG?”
Anya also provided more clarification and context on her former marriage after Newsbreak reported that she “left her heterosexual marriage to turn lesbian”.
According to the Enugu-born scholar, she was already a lesbian before she married her former husband, adding that she left the marriage for “peace”.
“And for the record @newsbreakngr I did not leave my marriage to “turn lesbian.” I was a lesbian married to a man, and I left the marriage to live in truth and peace,” Anya tweeted.
In response to a commentator’s response in the comment section on the tone of the story, Anya insisted that no form of prayer invoked by anyone can simply turn away homosexuals’ disposition.
“I don’t see it like that. It’s offensive I’m doing their work for them and writing 90% of the copy for that whole “article.” But the ideas I shared are not offensive. Nobody can pray gay away, and conversion therapists and “ex-gay” ministries are immoral, sadistic charlatans,” she wrote.