Since inception in 2015, the Bisi Alimi Foundation has worked tirelessly to accelerate social acceptance for LGBT people in Nigeria
In Nigeria, same sex relationship is a criminal offence and we are here to right that wrong and bring full equality to all LGBT people across Nigeria by accelerating social acceptance.
In 2016, we released "Not Dancing to their Music", a report that samples over 500 Nigerian LGBT people through online questionnaire to have a deeper knowledge on how Homo/Bi/Transphobia impacts on the wellbeing and lives of LGBT people in Nigeria. This report is first of its kind in Nigeria with such population sample.
In 2017 we started our fellowship programs with the aim of engaging with key stakeholders and supporting them in understanding LGBT realities and narratives and thereby shifting the perceptions Nigerians have about LGBT people. The fellowship has produced so far 22 fellows who are working really hard to either provide legal supports for LGBT individuals or organisations or writing human angle stories about LGBT people in the media.
In 2017, we held our first Business round table in London with the aim of engaging multinationals with business interests in Nigeria to make their workplace safe. We have so far trained over six businesses in Lagos and supporting them to domesticate their global diversity and inclusion portfolio.
In 2020, we are launching our most ambitious program ever; Rainbow Academy, it is a new program designed to support and equip LGBT people in Nigeria to develop skills to challenge homophobia. Our mission is to create a generation of well-rounded LGBT persons in Nigeria with strong value of self with the aim of influencing change in the society.
In the coming years we want to do more. By 2023, we want to have trained over 60 journalists and 60 lawyers. We want to have signed over 20 multinationals and local businesses up as our workplace diversity champions. We want to have declared Lagos and Abuja safe city for LGBT people in terms of employment rights and support.
We want to do more research into social perception of LGBT people in Nigeria, research more into the impact of Homo/Bi/Transphobia in Nigeria.
We want to work hard to accelerate social acceptance for LGBT people across Nigeria and that is why we NEED YOU!
To address these challenges we need your support. Every pound given goes to creating an inclusive and diverse environment for LGBT people and their friends and families in Nigeria. With as little as a £5 monthly donation we will be able to:
- continue monitoring social perception of LGBT people
- study the impact of homophobia in Nigeria
- keep running our fellowship programs
- develop innovative and change oriented campaigns
- keep engaging businesses at all levels
We cannot do this without YOUR help. As a small organisation operating on a shoestring budget, your donation will give us the boldness and courage to challenge homophobia, transphobia and biphobia in Nigeria.