Homosexuality is still banned in many countries worldwide and gay people are often jailed, tortured and even sentenced to death because of their sexual orientation. IBTimes UK spoke with human rights activist Olumide Makanjuola on anti-gay laws in West Africa and how the international community can effectively help eradicate homophobia.

Among other things, Makanjuola explained that homophobia stems from cultural, religious and historical factors that differ from country to country. Thus, the international community should understand the context of each nation that criminalises homosexuality to successfully help in the fight against homophobia.