Gay Right Activist, Bisi Alimi Organizes Event for Gays in Lagos, UK Gov’t Provides Venue

Popular gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi has successfully organized the first-ever LGBT pride event in Lagos.

This has left Nigerians to wonder why the Police didn’t visit the event and shut it down or why he wasn’t arrested.

Bisi could be said to have been lucky unlike crossdresser, Bobrisky, whose birthday party was shut down by the Police.

The theme of the event organised by the Bisi Alimi Foundation was “Night of Diversity 2019”.

It was gathered that the funding for the event was through grants received from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Martin Prendergast, Stephen Fry, and Paul Gambaccini. The venue of the event held in Lagos was provided by the British Deputy High Commission.

At the event, nine members of the LGBT community reportedly showed off their talents and capabilities when they took to the stage.

“WE DID IT!!! Last night we organise an LGBT pride event in #Lagos. I am all emotional now as I never thought such would happen in my life time. The celebs cane out. Great crowd and loads of rainbow awesomeness. Thanks to @ejaf and @Mprendergast. See you at Lagos Pride 2020,” he tweeted after the programme.

LGBT community set for another event

Alimi has further said the community will host another programme again because Nigeria belongs to all.

It is hoped that they won’t be hosting Police very soon in their next programme.

Alimi gained prominence 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.

He had to leave Nigeria in 2007 following threats to his life and was granted asylum in 2009 by the UK, where he has been resident since.

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