Homosexuality Framing by a Nigerian Newspaper

Francis Amenaghawon & Joseph Ayantade


The literature on how the dominant media in Nigeria report the sensitive issue of homosexuality is not visible. This study sheds some light and explores how one of the country’s prominent newspapers – The Punch - frames it. The descriptive data from the content analyzed show that homosexuality is framed mainly as illegality and negativity; not acceptable to the citizens. Religion, a strong factor that influences several perspectives of the issue in the country, does not significantly reflect in the framing by the newspaper. This reportage, which aligns with the perspective of the law of the land, elicits the recommendation of the corrective reporting approach, rather than the type that wants punishment for those who disobey the law. 

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