Richard Akuson

Photography by Terna Iwar

Richard Akuson is a 26-year-old Nigerian attorney with degrees in Law from NSU, Keffi, and The Nigerian Law School, Lagos. Richard was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in December of 2017, as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

 

In February of 2017, Richard founded A Nasty Boy.

 

Through compelling visual and personal essays, A Nasty Boy sought to affirm and validate the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ Nigerians. The publication pushed back on Nigeria’s Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act—the federal law that criminalizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people on the grounds of gender and sexual identity—by humanizing and normalizing the lives and experiences of LGBTQ+ Nigerians.

 

For his disruptive work through A Nasty BoyRichard was named a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 Changemaker in 2019. In 2017, Richard was named one of the 40 Most Powerful Nigerians Under the Age of 40 in the 6th annual YNaija Powerlist, and later that year, he was nominated for the prestigious The Future Award Africa’s Prize for New Media Innovation.

 

Today, Richard lives in Washington, DC as an asylum seeker after arriving America in the Summer of 2018.

Richard Akuson is an advocate for Asylum and LGBTQ+ Rights in the U.S.

 

Read Richard’s essay for The New York Times (here), and his op-ed for CNN (here).