Veso Golden Oke, a transgender living in Accra has opened up on her life before and after her transition from male to female and the struggles she has passed through saying it is not unusual for her to be a woman with male genital.
According to Veso who is currently on hormone pills ahead of a transgender surgery “in few months”, though she gets sexual urges, her penis does not function as the pills “reduces the size and the function."
Speaking in an interview on TV3's breakfast show on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, she said she has always been a woman though she was born a male and even at age eight she prayed for God to change her genitalia.
“I was medically born male but psychologically I’ve always been a woman so I expect to be addressed as a female.
"I remember I’d pray to God in the night that I’d want to wake up and my male genital is gone…,” Veso stated.
Growing up, Veso, who was born in Nigeria where she stayed until relocating to Ghana not too long, had life difficult for her because she was a boy with girls’ features and had to hide most times because she felt threatened.
Not only did she face difficult times outside but from her own house because coming "from an African Christian home. At first, they thought it was a devil working”.
But when her “strict father” rather understood her condition and offered her support, her mother also understood and came along to support her.
After some time, things became normal but Veso had to move to Ghana after anti-gay laws were passed in Nigeria in 2014. The law stipulated that gays could be jailed for up to 14 years.
Though Veso was not necessarily a gay, her feminine features as a man could have landed her in trouble in a country where homophobic attacks are real and she wanted to avoid.
Currently staying at Agbogba in Accra, Veso indicated the difficult situation she faced prior to her transition was no more because a lot more people, including her pastor and church members, have come to accept her for who she is.
She intends to undergo a full surgery to change her genitalia after which she will be interested in a relationship with an old rich man.
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