Bisi Alimi

Campaigner & Human Rights Activist

Bisi Alimi is an “Angelic Troublemaker Incarnate” – a PASSIONATE and ENERGETIC public speaker, storyteller, television pundit, campaigner, actor and Vblogger that leaves his audience asking for more.

His expertise on social justice ranges from sexual orientation and gender identity to race and race relations, feminism, education and poverty alleviation.

In 2004, he came out as gay on national television in Nigeria, and was the first ever Nigeria LGBT person to do so.

He has appeared on many international television stations as a social and political pundit, including, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and CCTV, and outlets like NPR and the Washington Post has profiled him.
His TEDx talk, “There should never be another Ibrahim” has been listed as one of the 14 most inspiring queer Ted Talks of all time. Alimi gave the closing speech at the Daily Beast event hosted at the New York Public Library titled, “I am Bisi Alimi and I am not a victim.”
“The Development Cost of Homophobia” is his most successful article that was translated into over 15 languages globally. His 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 consulted for World Bank on Economic impact of Homophobia and served on the Bank advisory board on SOGI. He was a 2014 New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute. Listed 19 most important LGBT person in UK 2015 and was named 77 on the World Pride Power List 2014.
He is the founder and Director of Bisi Alimi Foundation and lives in London with his husband.