Nigerian actor undergoes sex change, becomes female

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A Nigerian thespian, who was born a man, Habeeb Babatunde Lawal, has undergone a sex reassignment surgery to become a woman.

Lawal, who was an entertainment journalist in Nigeria before travelling to the United States for further studies, has adopted the name Noni Salma Lawal after his surgical reconstruction, report Nigerian media outlets.

On Lawal’s IMDb account, she describes herself as a film enthusiast.

“Noni Salma Lawal is a transgender film-maker, writer and avid film enthusiast whose passion and interest in film was inspired by her growing up experiences in the ever colorful city that is Lagos.”

The bio, which uses feminine pronouns, reads further: “Noni won the Treasure Coast International Film Festival ‘1st Place Student Film Competition’ Award for her NYFA thesis ‘Morning after mid-night’ and has gone on to produce and direct the riveting short documentary ‘Veil Of Silence’ which premiered at the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival in London, United Kingdom in March 2014 and subsequently screened in several film festivals including Queer Screen Film Festival, CineHomo film festival, Valladoid, Spain in April 2015, where it won the 2nd place, Best short documentary as voted by by the audience.”

 

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