HIV positive, openly Gay Nigerian brand expert, Kenny Brandmuse, whose real name is Kehinde Badamosi, has revealed that he’s homesick and desperately wants to visit Nigeria but is scared of the consequences.
Kenny, who is based in New York said he wants to visit his mother’s grave but can't do so and would rather listen to his mother's advice about staying back in the US where he is Safe as a gay person rather than return to Nigeria where he may be killed over his sexuality.
Read below what he wrote via his Facebook page
I've been really homesick lately. My desire to kneel beside my mom's grave and lay her some wreath of beautiful flowers. To see my twin sister and pinch her fat cheeks while she criticizes everything I would easily think is good enough. I miss being at Orange and assisting brilliant minds in bringing their ideas to life.
"Advising tons of amazing people about their personal branding and stories. Paul, our beloved Officer getting me boole, roasted plantain and organically grown peanuts. I miss my nephew and how he goes all out to ensure I was eating well.
"That Ibadan boy can cook. I miss Chisom Ohuaka my twin brother from another mother - another biggest critic of mine. I miss going to Femi Odugbemi s office during lunch hours to rant about almost anything and how he'd say 'aburo, I have an idea.' I miss my big cousin Olabisi Ariyo. No words to describe. My friends at FCB. These were my support system. People who love me for me. But then, I'm happy where I am in this journey.
"Even though it can be awfully lonesome here, I'm happy I can walk down the street as a gay man without being afraid of lynching, preaching and outright hating. I'm grateful for the journey here in the States where my health has greatly improved as an HIV positive individual. New York. Maryland. I was given some of the best medical assistance for FREE, at least until I found a job. I'm humbled by the unmatched generosity I have received from people who welcomed me here.
"Call them what you may, America has been good to me. And to million others who dare to dream. Whenever I'm feeling this extremely homesick like I'm feeling at this moment, I always recall the words of my mother just a few weeks before she passed on: "don't be in a hurry to come home because wherever you are, and you can feel safe, there is your home." She continued, "as a mother, my greatest concern is that you are safe. " #Mindfulness #WhereIamIsWhereIam." -