Pretoria – One of the most popular social media personalities in Zimbabwe, Brian Nyamushamba has come out of the closet about his sexuality, probably paving way for several other young gay and lesbian men and women to come out in the open too.
A video posted by Brian Bhubhu as he attended the gay pride march in the USA over the weekend
Brian, affectionately known by his followers as Bhubhu, commands a massive following of hundreds of thousands of people, mostly within a Facebook group called MvengeMvenge.
His name had hit the headlines nearly a fortnight ago, when Zimbabwe’s biggest social media personality, Rutendo Loveness Samas made a live video and claimed that Brian had travelled to the United States to meet up with his lover.
Rutendo apologised a few days later, but refused to withdraw her claims, leading many to believe that she may have been telling the truth.
This was about the third time that Brian had been embroiled in the same accusations. Some 8-9 months ago, his name topped the charts on a bogus list that was later proved to have been distributed and authored by Wellence Mujuru, another online celebrity.
A year ago, when Brian first shot to fame, his now ex-girlfriend appeared to accused him of the same. After a bitter breakup which involved Malvin Gumbo, Brian’s ex, Kudzi Mahachi told friends in a WhatsApp group that she broke up with Brian because he was a girl.
“I dated Brian and we never slept together cause musikana.” she wrote.
But all this may have been put to rest. On Saturday, Brian attended a Gay Pride march in Washington DC. The march was later interrupted by claims of a shooter, but not before Brian had taken videos of himself enjoying himself.
While many have been mocking Brian, thousands of others have offered their support.
Zimbabwe has some of the most repressive and homophobic laws in the world and Brian, the former Zimbabwe Prison Services officer is not the first one to flee the country for the west, in search for greater freedoms.
His coming out may just be the moment members of the LGBTIQIA community need. In Brian, they now have a powerful figure standing tall and proud.