Bisi Alimi, known as the Angelic Troublemaker recounts his coming out as a gay person in Nigeria on his Instagram page. He came out of the closet 15 years ago and he sums up his experience in one lengthy post.
Bisi Alimi is a Nigerian Gay Right activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate. He gained international attention when he became the first Nigerian to come out openly about his sexuality on television. Also, he openly criticized Nigeria for its lack of tolerance for Gays and Lesbians.
“I woke up this morning in my hotel room in Basel, Switzerland pretty overwhelmed. I can’t for the life of me believe it is 15 years ago today that I sat on that sofa with Funmi Iyanda on New Dawn with Funmi, and did something that shocked Nigeria.
It has been a 15years of many ups and many downs. Of laughters and tears. Of love and hate”. Bisi Wrote.
“The last 15 years has shaped my life beyond what I could have ever imagined that morning when I uttered the word “I don’t want to marry a woman cos the society wants me to”. I look back many times and say, maybe if I haven’t, I could still be in Nollywood now, married with kids. Maybe if I hadn’t, I would be pulling millions of followers on social media and having many endorsements, and hosting shows in Nigeria.
But I did. I did and it came with a price. A very scary one. I am here in Basel cos I did. Went to the White House and met Obama, cos I did”. He added.
He continued to say “I spoke to sold-out conferences, halls and schools cos I did. I call many celebrities and amazing people around the world as my friend cos I did. I married the most amazing man in the world, cos I did. Coming out has thought me everything has a price, and I am happy that while it might have cost me tears, doubts, agonies and pains, it has also shown me that life is beautiful and being honest, authentic and real is the biggest gift you can give yourself. I am grateful to everyone that has made life amazing and beautiful. I just want to thank you.”
… “To everyone that believed in this crazy, weird abs extremely opinionated poor from Mushin. I say thank you. Here is to the next 15 years. I have no idea what it holds, but I know one thing for sure…” he recounts.
He says he’d be a badass homosexual with a goal from now on. Alimi intends to make Nigeria and Africa a safe space for misfits.
According to the federal government, homosexuality is still a crime in Nigeria. Although the people of Nigeria are aware of it the government is not ready to accommodate it. Bisi Alimi and very few people have come out publicly to say they are gay and they want others to feel comfortable enough to come out.
Meanwhile, he is on a mission to take his activism to the next level. It’s been 15 years ago since he came out as gay and he wants to be the voice to for gay people. He wants to empower them.