Amara, the Lesbian. is a queer woman living and loving in Nigeria. a storyteller who is dedicated to sharing queer joy, stories, struggles, visibility and queer living in Nigeria, through her YouTube channel, her writings and her life in general.
Godwin Harrison (Writer/Director/producer) A graduate of chemical engineering. In the year 2008-2009 he a freelance script writer to some asabawood producers. In 2015, he produced/directed his first featured length film “the last days”. A faith based film. His movies have always talked about societal activism. He is the CEO of HUG MEDIA CONCEPT; An independent production house focus on making societal change using the media. His recent short film ” broken Rainbow” just won 2 international awards for best international short film of 2021.
SUMMARY OF BROKEN RAINBOW: Broken Rainbow tells the story of three rainbow friends ( TETEH, TERFA AND DIWI) who have undergone humiliation by their families because of their sexuality.
The film gains momentum when DIWI set up video leaked online and his family came to know of his sexuality. Unable to bear the societal and family discrimination he committed suicide.
TERFA (a drag artiste) comes out to his family and was kicked out of his family.
TETEH was forced by his mother to undergo Deliverance for his sexuality (conversion therapy). Unable to cope he had to move out of his family house and move in with his lover KEM.
KEM is a homophobic gay man who hates himself and his kind for no just cause.
At the end, Teteh after contracting the AIDS virus from Kem had to live for his happiness alone. He paid for his mothers breast surgery after the church abandons her and there she knew that….A broken rainbow no matter how many times you try to break it, you still will not stop its shine.
Broken rainbow won best international short film -:1) malmo international LGBTQ short film festival
2) Melbourne LGBTQ short film festival
Official selection @ best of the best lgbtq short film/ houston lgbtq short film festival/ bite size short film festival
An LGBTQ+ rights activist, YouTuber, model, brand and digital strategist/marketer and entertainer. I’m 23 years. I’m part creator of both the #EndHomophobiaInNigeria and #RepealSSMPA hashtags.
Yahaya is a self-taught fashion designer with extensive background in leading operations and teams, events and project management, retail sales and talent management.
With his namesake brand, he explores traditional African heritage and its re-interpretation into contemporary fashion in a way that enables for self expression and preserve history.
His glamorous artisanal and sustainable garments tell elaborate narratives that are autobiographical, often reflecting upon the his queer identity and clash of ancestral history as a person of Yoruba Nigerian descent.
While his clothes act as defiance, the bigger picture is to create a social impact on individuals and communities, change the general mindset towards queer expression; and contribute to a kinder, sustainable planet.
Seyi mint began his career fully as an Actor and Vocalist in ( 2017 ) with playing extra on film productions and backup singer at events when he was casted to play Dexter on a web series [ Back to school ] in 2018 . Since then, He has been casted in telenovela [ HUSTLE ] and feature films [ DAIRIES , BOOKER , WHO’S THE BOSS ]. Seyi has also worked behind the scenes as a Talent executives on films, Tv series Oga pastor ( 2019 ) , smart money woman( 2020) , the wait ( 2021 ) , Namaste Wahala ( 2021 ) , Who’s the boss ( 2020 ) , Dod ( 2021 ) , Foreigner’s god ( post production ) , Lockdown ( 2021 ) .
In 2019 , Seyi mint was shortlisted as part of a 20 man urban choir . Loud urban choir is known for its phenomenal performances that has gotten them to share stages with Burna , Phyno , wizkid etc . They have also gone round the country performing as thousands of people fall in love with them.
Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu popularly known as Wanlov the Kubolor is a Ghanaian & Romanian music maker, filmmaker, and activist. Kubolor plays the guitar & koshkas and speaks Pidgin English, Ga, Twi, English, and Romanian.
Kubolor is also part of the satirical duo FOKN Bois, with M3NSA, who are credited with creating the world’s first Pidgin Musical “Coz Ov Moni”. He has collaborated with acts like King Ayisoba, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Sena Dagadu, Alostmen, and Sister Deborah.
Kubolor produces talents that have positive social messages as he is a strong advocate in Ghana for Human Rights and is outspoken on environmental protection & corruption.
Kubolor is popular for his humor, bravery, and unorthodox views on varying topics. He travels the world barefoot making his memories and connections to places more intimate.
The Kubolor wants freedom & justice for all.
Faeyfaeyy works as a research and policy advocacy officer with an LGBT non-profit. He is also a seasoned media and communications person with expertise in radio broadcasting and customer relationship management. Faeyfaeyy is the brain behind coloured online radio- a foremost radio station specifically designed to cater to the Nigerian LGBTQ community and also co-initiator of Warri LGBT conversations. When he is not agitating for equal rights he co-hosts a feel-good podcast.
Fola Francis is a non-binary person currently living in Lagos Nigeria. His pronouns are They/he/she. Fola is the creative director of his self named clothing line “Fola Francis”, and he’s also a Fashion insider and digital marketer for TFF Consult. He’s worked with names like Nigerian foreign exchange, The British council, Arise fashion week, and many more. Fola is 27 years old, and an extremely feminine presenting queer person, which isn’t the most pleasant way to live in the part of the world.
a writer, psyche, and Witch
Olaide Kayode Timileyin | Convener, GlowUp Pride
Celebrating queerness and uniqueness is our satisfaction. We recognize our struggle for liberation as LGBTQ+ persons in Africa as a continent, and Nigeria as a nation. With much pride and happiness that we celebrate GLOWUP pride 2021, with the theme “Festival of Nigerian Queerness”. A festival of our resilience and taking up enough space for us to all to breathe. No One is Free, Until We All Are.
Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity. Our aim as a community media organization is to empower, sustain and document through our voices and strengths, the culture and lifestyle of West African LGBTQ+ persons back into our society to implement social change.
GLOWUP PRIDE 2021, is celebration queerness in our realities, survival, and resistance, putting it out there for the world to see. We would love you to join us as one, to tell stories of our success, be witness of others celebrating life as a queer person in queer light. We also hope to create a system of connection by getting to relate with each other.
We assure you fun filled time well spent with us and every of our guest. Due to the pandemic outbreak, covid-19 still very much out there and also considering the safety of the community , the celebration will be held on other virtual platform such as Instagram, Club houses and Zoom. The celebration was held responsible consecutively on Saturday 26 of June and Sunday 27 June, 2021.
Pride required almost an all year-round planning cycle, working closely with our partners to achieve every feat through this event. We love that they stood in solidarity with what we do at Queercity Media and Productions, most especially with GLOW UP PRIDE