Bisi Alimi

LGBT rights activist

Bisi Alimi is an internationally renowned researcher, public speaker, policy analyst, television pundit, campaigner and community builder with expertise in sexual health and human and LGBT rights. Alimi was the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on national television in 2004 and this led to threats to his life and his resulting move to the United Kingdom where he was a refugee until December 2014 when he was granted British citizenship. He has engaged with the media for social change ever since, making television interviews, writing powerful articles and listed as one of the 14 most inspiring queer TED speakers of all time. He is a consultant with the World Bank on the Economic impact of Homophobia and serves on the World Bank advisory board on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He was a 2014 New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute. 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.