On the 22nd October 2015, The Bisi Alimi Foundation in partnership with Human Dignity Trust and All Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights organised an event at the House of Commons to shine the light on the plight of LGBT people in Nigeria.
The event that was held inside the Thatcher room drew crowd from politics, media, civil societies and other interested members of the British public. The speakers for the evening included Nick Herbert, the chair of the APPG on Global LGBT, Olumide Makanjuola, Executive Director of Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), Nigeria and Bisi Alimi, the founder and Executive director of Bisi Alimi Foundation. Bibi Bakare chaired the session.
The speakers raised the need for global partnership with Nigeria on the need to reduce the persecution of LGBT people in the country. There was also call on the British MPs with Nigerian parentage to do more in supporting the government and politicians in Nigeria through engagement, mentorship and networking activities.
In attendance were Baroness Baker and Baroness Featherstone, Nick Herbert MP, Keir Starmer MP and Chi Onwurah MP
This is a first in the series of events, Bisi Alimi Foundation will be putting together globally and locally in Nigeria to raise awareness of the increasing persecutions of LGBT people in the country.
In a 2015 survey carried by the foundation in partnership with TIER and NOI, founds that support for the Anti Same Sex Marriage Act of 2013 has dropped from 96% in 2010 to 87% in 2015. 30% of Nigerians age 16-26 years says they will accept someone they know is LGBT.
However, 90% of Nigerians still believe homosexuality is a choice and over 70% believes that LGBT people should not be allowed to have access to health.