Openly gay Nigerian brand expert, Kenny Brandmuse, who is also HIV positive has tied the knot with his partner in the U.S.
He came out of the closet in 2015 and also revealed he has been living with HIV for 15 years.
He shared the news of his wedding on Instagram and wrote
“Surrounded and supported by our best friends and loved ones, we are filled with gratitude for this beautiful journey ahead. #Live your best life and love who you are. You owe no one any explanations.”
Kenny Brandmuse in 2015 made his sexuality and HIV status known, saying that being gay is the best thing that ever happened to him and should he ever come back to life after this, he will definitely be gay.
He stated in an Instagram post in 2016 that though he was home sick and would love to come to Nigeria, but he was scared of the stereotyping that is being suffered by people of the LGBT community in the country.
“I’ve been very 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 Ohuakamy 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 about 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”.