Bisi Alimi

Twitterview with Bisi Alimi: Living Positively with HIV for 10 Years

Bisi Alimi is a human rights campaigner and health advocate. He started his advocacy work at the height of the HIV epidemic within the Nigerian MSM community in the late 1990s. In 2004, Bisi rose to notoriety when he first came out as gay on Nigerian TV. The open declaration of his sexuality caused a turning point in the discussion on sex and sexuality in Nigeria. That same year, Bisi was diagnosed with HIV. In July 2012, he was invited to the White House by President Obama for his work with black gay men in Europe.

The Development Costs of Homophobia

"As a gay man living in Nigeria, my biggest challenge was choosing between my sexuality and my job. Whispers were making the rounds about my private life, and I decided it was time to come out. So I agreed to go on Nigeria’s most-watched television talk show to discuss my sexuality. Almost immediately, my character was eliminated. And when my job disappeared, so did my financial security. Like many gay men and lesbians in Africa, my choice was between economic freedom and mental imprisonment.

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