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Bisi Alimi

Public Speaker, Policy Analyst & LGBT Activist

  • Global issues
  • Health

His expertise on Social Justice ranges from LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual und Transgender), Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Race and Race Relations, Feminism, Education and Poverty Alleviation.

Angelic Troublemaker Incarnate

– Bisi Alimi

ABOUT BISI

Bisi Alimi is the founder and director of The Bisi Alimi Foundation.

Alimi was the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television in 2004, and afterwards faced threats to his life. He fled to the United Kingdom, where he was registered as a refugee until December 2014, when he became a British citizen. Alimi is an outspoken activist for social change.

“The Development Cost of Homophobia” is his most successful article that was translated into over 15 languages globally. His most recent article for the Guardian: “If you say being gay is not African, you don’t know your history” has gone on to great review and cited in many news article globally.
He consults for World Bank on Economic impact of Homophobia and serves on the Bank advisory board on SOGI.

Alimi has many laurels for his work globally. As part of British Institute LGBT* Film Festival, the British Council named him as one of the 33 inspiring individuals promoting freedom and equality globally. In 2015 he as listed in the top 20 most Influential UK LGBT person. He was also named to the TRUE AFRICA 100-lists for 2015, for his work on HIV and LGBT rights in Africa. He consults for the World Bank on the Economic impact of Homophobia and serves on the Bank advisory board on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He was a 2014 New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute and alumni of The Moth. He has been listed four years in a row on the UK LGBT list and was named 77 on the World Pride Power List 2014.

* LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual und Transgender

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.

– Desmond Tutu

INTERVIEWS

Bisi Alimi has appeared on many international television stations as a social and political pundit, including, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and CCTV, and he has been profiled by outlets like NPR and the Washington Post.

SPEAKING

His TEDx talk, “There should never be another Ibrahim” has been listed as one of the 14 most inspiring QUEER TEDtalk of all time. He won the first London Moth slam, was a storyteller at the London Moth Main Stage and his talk at the Aspen Ideas festival left the audience asking for more. Alimi gave the closing speech at a Daily Beast event hosted at the New York Public Library titled, “I am Bisi Alimi and I am not a victim.”

WRITING

“The Development Cost of Homophobia” is his most successful article that was translated into over 15 languages globally. In May 2014, to mark 10 years of his HIV diagnosis, Alimi wrote a moving piece for the Huffington Post “My 10 Years of Living With HIV” He has also written many article including his Daily Beast piece to mark World AIDS day 2014 and his second Project Syndicate campaign for a more proactive policy on PrEP for gay men in homophobic countries.
His most recent article for the Guardian: “If you say being gay is not African, you don’t know your history” has gone on to great review and cited in many news article globally.

Languages: English

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