- A Nigerian-born transgender has risen to somewhat great heights years after his gender-reassignment surgery
- YEN.com.gh gathered that Dr Rizi Xavier Timane was born and raised as a woman in Nigeria before relocating abroad
- Dr Rizi has been married to his wife for 5 years
Nigerian-born Dr Rizi Xavier Timane, was born and raised as a woman in Nigeria before relocating to the United States where she had gender-reassignment to become a man.
Dr Rizi who is an actor, singer and advocate for transgender rights, shared his story about how he grew up feeling like he was a man trapped in a woman's body, while living with his religious parents.
Years after his 'transformation', Dr Rizi is now living free of the bullying he experienced as a growing child and has been married to a woman for 5 years.
Speaking in an interview with Ebony, he said:
"I say "for all intents and purposes" because for as long as I can remember, I never thought of myself as a girl. Though I didn’t know what to call it as a young child—I had no idea there even was a name for what I felt until I was eight years old, when two friends saw a transgender person on an American talk show and told me about it—I knew I was different.
I felt how the boys I knew looked: masculine and tough, not feminine and delicate like my girl friends. I preferred pants to dresses, speaking my mind over being quiet and demure, and roughhousing in the dirt was infinitely more compelling than playing dress-up with my mother’s clothes.
When I told my family about how I felt, they told me to keep quiet. My mother and her church friends repeatedly performed exorcisms on me, trying to rid me of the demons that had made me what I was.
Every day between the ages of eight and twelve, I got down on my knees and prayed that God would change me into the boy I knew I was inside.
Today, after twenty surgical procedures plus ongoing hormonal treatments, I can proudly say that I am completely male inside and out. No longer am I the scared child living in an oppressive nation or the adult going through the motions in a life that was not my own.
I am now a heterosexual man living in the United States and enjoying all the societal respect and privilege I’d missed out on for so long, when I was not able to express my authentic self.
Dr Rizi who used to be an alcohol addict due to his 'condition', eventually went to the Claremont school of Theology, where he studied religion and discovered that God accepts all his creations, including the LGBT community.
He recently celebrated his 5th wedding anniversary and 10 years of being with his wife, Christina Ros, who is also a model.
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