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Gay activist Bisi Alimi, 40, mocks Nigeria, gets flak on Facebook

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Bisi Alimi, Nigeria's most known gay
Bisi Alimi, Nigeria’s most known gay

Infamous gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi, also called Nigeria’s most known gay, caused a stir on Wednesday as he mocked Nigeria on Facebook, a move which earned him some flak from passionate Nigerians. Alimi, the first Nigerian to declare publicly his support for same sex union, wrote derogatively about God and country – suggesting he’s become an atheist and has given up all sense of patriotism.

He wrote from the United Kingdom where he is on a self-imposed exile. His words: “Nigeria is fucked and no amount of prayers can save that country. The shit there is real and unless the people stop prayer and start acting, it will go down soon. The country is not an experiment for f&*k sake… I mean like really? And some idiots will come here now and start posting how their God is going to redeem them. Okay here is the thing, if there is indeed anything like HELL FIRE, it is down in Nigeria, where all Nigerians are roasting. So if you want to remind someone that they will go to HELL FIRE, when they die, you might as well link it to your current experience…”

Alimi’s outrage against his country may be considered trivial by many others who have overcome similar problems ingeniously rather than curse their roots and routes as Nigerians seeking greener pastures. His grouse was the delays that prevented a television interview that power outage and poor Internet signals cut short.

He said: “So here is the thing, a TV station wanting to do interview with me, booked me for 11:30am yesterday. We didn’t start the interview till around 15mins to 3pm, because there was no electricity.Also they couldn’t find fuel to power the production room. As if that was not enough, then, we got on Skype and 5 mins into the interview, the connection went off. The internet is not working and that was for the rest of yesterday. We tried to do phone interview, but that didn’t work as the phone network was really bad.”

A host of Nigerians responded to Alimi’s unpatriotic trivia-cum-outrage on Facebook, blogs, Twitter and Instagram.

Chinelo Peters (Abuja): “You are a Nigerian but in an asylum in the UK. Why do you refer to Nigeria as ‘that country?’ If you do not like something and you are passionate about doing it differently, you need to champion the change you desire. Come back home to assist. It is inappropriate to describe your country with derogatory adjectives.”

Opara: “It is so sad that this is coming from someone I thought would be more reasonable and sensible on social media. If Nigeria is cursed, it means every Nigerian, including Alimi, is cursed. No matter how long you live abroad, the blood of a Nigerian flows in your veins. We love our country while we hope for a change one day.”

Thierry Limpens: “You analysed right but I will not use the same words.”

Joan Ivie Lewis Imobio: “What contributions have you Bisi made to make Nigeria better? You have no point here cos your parents (and) siblings are Nigerians.You are also Nigerian for life. Every country have their problems. You not making any sense.

Dara Dra Kasali: “I see you want more publicity, well there you have it ‘Mr. Controversy’ I see who’s truly cursed here. Ever wondered why it all happened subsequently in your case? Try rain-checking yourself. Bisi Alimi Hell-bound gay. The truly f**kd one!

Mmachinyere Ibezimakor: You better shut up… just went thru all the rubbish you have been posting here. If you don’t believe in God or religion it’s nobody’s business and don’t come to Facebook to say trash. The end would tell.

Bosede Akeredolu: If I want a good laugh, I read your comments section Bisi. If u decide to remain spiritually indolent, you have yourself to blame. Religion is not an orgy. It should remain between you and what/whoever you decide to serve. (To other Nigerians): Pls let’s stop being lazy intellectually and blaming Bisi Alimi for our problems ehn. Each and everyone of us has a duty to this country. Start from your families to the work place and it would spread further. Let’s start having a volition for what is good and let’s put it into action. My God is better than your God or your God exists or not has been setting us back too much and for too long. Your religion or not shouldn’t be a public or group affair. Just like your/my sexuality should have nothing to do with the general public. It’s a personal thing. (Is your) brain working yet? I hope so.

Bisi Alimi (born Ademola Iyandade Ojo Kazeem Alimi, 17 January 1975) is a Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate who gained international attention when he became the first Nigerian to come out of the closet on television.

Alimi was born in the Mushin district of Lagos to parents Raski Ipadeola Balogun Alimi (a Nigerian police officer) and Idiatu Alake Alimi (a university clerk). Alimi was raised in Lagos where he attended primary and secondary school. He was the third in a family of five children from his mother and sixth from a family of ten children from his father. He later changed his name to Adebisi Alimi.

Bisi attended Eko Boys High School, in Lagos, and graduated in 1993. He led his school cultural dances both at primary and secondary school to many awards and honors. He was a member of his secondary school literary and debating society and a Social Prefect (in charge of organizing social activities) in his senior year. Also, in 1993, he gained admission into Ogun State Polytechnic, and would later study Creative Arts, majoring in Theatre at University of Lagos. It was during his university education that his sexuality attracted media attention after Campus Lifestyle, the university’s magazine outed him as a gay man.

Prior to the magazine outing, Bisi had experienced much discrimination within the campus, including facing a disciplinary committee on the accusation of his gay status. Although he did graduate, he was almost denied his certificate as it was believed that his morals were unacceptable for an alumnus of the university. He was admitted at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2011, where he earned his Master’s degree in Global Governance and Public Policy.

Prior to his public self-outing, Bisi Alimi began his advocacy career in late 1990s in Nigeria when a number of his friends died from HIV/AIDS. After 2 years of community mobilization work (including condom distribution and safe-sex education) for Gay men and Men who have Sex with other Men (MSM) in Nigeria, he joined the Alliance Rights Nigeria (ARN) in 2002 as a Program Director, developing and providing HIV/AIDS and sexual health services and supports.

In his capacity as ARN Program Director, He was at the heart of developing Nigerian MSM HIV prevention framework in 2004. He was trained by the International AIDS Alliance in 2004 as HIV project Designer, Community Mobiliser, Care, Support and Treatment. In 2005, he co-founded The Independent Project (later, The Initiative for Equal Rights) working as its Executive Director.

On April 12, 2007 he was forced to flee Nigeria following threats to his life. He was granted asylum in 2009 where he has been resident since. On December 8, 2014 he was conferred with British citizenship. From 2007 to 2011, Alimi worked as African MSM Project Co-ordinator at Naz Project London. Alimi is currently the Executive Director of Bisi Alimi Foundation and a co-founder and director of Rainbow Intersection, as well as co-founder of The Kaleidoscope Trust where he served as Director for Africa from 2012 to 2013. He has been a visiting lecturer at Freie Universitat Berlin and still a lecturer at Humboldt University of Berlin.

Alimi gained notoriety in 2004 when he became the first Nigerian gay man to appear on Nigerian national television as a guest on Funmi Iyanda’s show New Dawn with Funmi, a talk show on the NTA. That same year, Bisi had been diagnosed with HIV, and on the show Alimi confirmed his sexuality as a homosexual and asked for social acceptance from the public. His decision to come out of the closet generated both admiration and death threats. Consequently, Alimi was disowned by his family and most of his friends – including some in the gay community – and ejected from his home. Also, New Dawn ‘s live format was cancelled. Future guests on the pre-recorded version were screened by NTA executive producers to avoid what was considered “causing public offence”.

in early 2004, Alimi attended the 4th National Conference on HIV/AIDS held in Abuja where he voiced HIV concerns amongst Nigerian gay men. He was later to become a Nigerian gay rights activist leading several peaceful protests and social dialogues to demand acceptance of homosexuals in Nigeria. In July 2005, The Independent Project for Equal Rights-Nigeria was founded by Alimi with a group of friends. He served as Executive Director of this organization where he pioneered several Nigerian LGBT Youth Group initiatives until April 2007. He also worked as director of Nigeria youth programmes at Alliance Rights organization.

However, his controversial interview on national television in 2004 had become catalyst for the proposed motion on “Anti-Same Sex Bill” of 2006 that was presented to lawmakers in the Nigerian National Assembly. The motion for this controversial “Anti-Same Sex” bill was presented before the legislative house three times between 2006 and 2011.

Now residing in London, Alimi has continued his advocacy on gay rights within Migrant African communities. He has worked for organizations in the UK including Naz Project London, Michael Bell Research and Consultancy and HIV I-Base. He has also worked with AHPN, and he was selected a member of the IAS youth for Mexico 2008 and was a member of AmfAR review panel for the international grants for African MSM AIDS initiative 2009 and 2011 respectively.

Apart from sexual rights advocacy, Alimi has also organised protests against UK policies that are capable of inciting racial prejudice.

Bisi Alim is a recipient and nominee of several awards. He has also been listed in the “Independent on Sunday” Pink List of most influential LGBT people in Britain in 2011, 2012, 2013, peaking at number 90 in 2012.

He was listed third on the 100 most influential Non White Atheist and Free thinkers in Britain and Northern Ireland.

On New Year’s day, 2014, he was named to The Gay UK LGBT 2014 honour list in recognition of his exemplary work to Education in the LGBT community and he has been nominated for an “Out In The City magazine’s” Diversity Champion of the Year Award. The Out In The City award is known as “UK LGBT Oscar”.

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