A church discovered that a chorister was a trans woman after his death.
According to reports, Emmanuella is a pharmacist graduate of the University of Port Harcourt and identified as a trans woman. However, members of her church were not aware.
A trans woman is a person who was registered as male at birth but who lives and identifies as a woman; a transgender woman.
Unfortunately, Emmanuella was confirmed Dead On Arrival (DOA) at the Military Hospital along Aba road after he was rejected by the first hospital he was taken to. Following Emmanuella’s death, the Church took his corpse to the mortuary where they filled in his information which also included his gender, which was filled in as “female”.
She also introduced her fiancé to the parish authorities.
“We just concluded our 21 days of fasting and prayers with five days spiritual retreat which ended on January 31. On the final day, the priest prayed that God should expose any person that will bring shame to the catholic church and we all said amen. We never knew that anything bad will happen on that day. He was involved in the accident when he was returning from the programme that evening,” one of the church members told BBC Pidgin.
Who is Emmanuella Adaolisa
From her Facebook and Instagram accounts with the handle @aliyahlakshmi, Emmanuella Adaolisa identifies as a transwoman.
She introduced herself as a transwoman – Emmanuella Adaolisa with the pronouns she/her.
She also called herself the first Nigerian ‘trans pharmacist’.
Posts on her account celebrate LGBTQ issues as well as herself as a transwoman.