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Fragile; An insight into sexuality and expression in modern and contemporary art in Lagos

Panel Discussion

May 2023

Date: Wednesday, 22nd of June 2022

James Nottin (Performance artist) 
Rachel Seidu (Photographer)
 Temmie Ovwasa ( Celebrity Visual Artist and Performer)

O.K.Timileyin ( Host )

Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Art 21
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Understanding Socio-political policies for effective minority representation and activism in West Africa

Panel Discussion

May 2023

Date: Thursday 23rd of June 2022.

Time: 12:00 pm – 03:00 pm


@nkwainhamlet199 Nkwain Hamlet ( Our wellbeing Cameroun)
@Kayode_ani Kayode Ani ( Quest9ja) and
@peterjob Peter Job ( Independent Journalist)
Host: Olaide Kayode Timileyin (@oktimileyin)
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Inclusive and Intersectional Feminism; What it means and Why it matters now

Panel Discussion

May 2023

Date: Tuesday 21st of June 2022.

Time: 12:00pm – 03:00pm

with Remi Makinde @TIERsNigeria,
Ayodele Olofintuade ( @aeolofintuade ),
and Ella Ette ( @MystiqueEvolved )

🎙️Host: Adunni Tiwatope @Folayemijnr

Creators spotlight


Executive coach, researcher, public speaker (He/Him)

Bisi Alimi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation. He is an “Angelic Troublemaker Incarnate” and an internationally renowned Business and Executive coach, researcher, public speaker, policy analyst, television pundit, campaigner, and community builder with expertise in sexual health and human and LGBT rights. He has headlined many international events as a keynote speaker, using his story to create meaning and purpose for his audience.
He has appeared on many international television stations, including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, CCTV, and outlets like NPR and the Washington Post have profiled him. He consults for World Bank on the Economic Impact of Homophobia and serves on the Bank advisory board on SOGI.
Bisi Alimi is a fellow of; Aspen Institute New Voices, Salzburg Global, The Moth, Synchronous Leadership among others. As a philanthropist, Alimi has committed not just his vision, time, and energy, but his finances to creating economic opportunities for Nigerian startups irrespective of sexuality, gender, or disability.
His TEDx talk, “There should never be another Ibrahim” was listed as one of the 14 most inspiring queer TEDtalks of all time. He won the first London Moth slam and was a storyteller at a recent London Moth Main Stage. His article The Development Cost of Homophobia has been
translated into over 15 languages. His most recent article for the Guardian: “If You Say Being Gay Is Not African, You Don’t Know Your History”, has been cited in many news articles globally.
Alimi was 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 firmly believes that for companies to profit, they have a purpose, and that purpose must have people at its core. This has led him to start a new venture, ‘ZIHONE’- a human resource and consultancy firm that supports businesses to tap into their staff potentials by providing, amongst other things, team support, team bonding, research, bespoke recruitment and training.

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Why “We All Belong” – Pride in Lagos 2023 Theme

The message of this year’s Pride in Lagos theme underscores the importance of inclusivity and acceptance of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic that sets them apart from others in Lagos, Nigeria, and West Africa. Defining “We All Belong”: “We All Belong” is a statement that recognizes that…

Pride in Lagos 2023 – Call for Journalists

Are you passionate about telling powerful stories and amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities? Do you want to be a part of an exciting and impactful project that celebrates the diverse and vibrant culture of Lagos? If so, we want to hear from you! The Pride in Lagos 2023 team is looking for talented writers…

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DragQueen, Performer, Olorisha ( She / Her )

Aja (She/Her) is a multifaceted artist from Brooklyn, NY. As an Afro-Latinx Trans woman, she has dominated different artistic arenas including music, television, dance, modeling and more. Most known from her appearance on Rupaul’s Drag Race; Aja has released 3 critically acclaimed records, been on the cover of fashion magazines, and maintained an appearance in the underground ballroom scene as a member of the House of Labeija. In the Ballroom scene, Aja is known to walk the Runway, Performance (Vogue Femme) and Best Dressed categories. Recently Aja made an appearance on season 3 of the HBO max’s Legendary with the House of Labeija. Since 2017, Aja has performed over 300+ live shows worldwide; selling out venues in the US, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Lebanon, Australia, and the UK. 

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DragQueen, Performer, Olorisha ( She / Her ) Aja (She/Her) is a multifaceted artist from Brooklyn, NY. As an Afro-Latinx Trans woman, she has dominated different artistic arenas including music, television, dance, modeling and more. Most known from her appearance on Rupaul’s Drag Race; Aja has released 3 critically acclaimed records, been on the cover…


Lagos, Nigeria/ West Africa – Thursday, June 02, 2022 Queercity Media and Productions – The parent organization of the renowned Queercity Podcast and Pride in Lagos, West Africa’s destination pride event has announced the official lineup for our 2022 Pride in Lagos Festival, “Pride In Lagos” slated for June 20th to 26th 2022 is a Hybrid event. Pride…

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Lagos, Nigeria/ West Africa – Thursday, June 02, 2022

Queercity Media and Productions – The parent organization of the renowned Queercity Podcast and Pride in Lagos, West Africa’s destination pride event has announced the official lineup for our 2022 Pride in Lagos Festival, “Pride In Lagos” slated for June 20th to 26th 2022 is a Hybrid event. Pride in Lagos is a one-week-long event, originally known as GLOW UP Pride. Pride this year has been themed for the cause of growth and to further our goal as a collective, to continue to reclaim indigenous Queer representation and further societal acceptance for sexual minorities and gender diverse persons in West Africa.

What is Pride when we are trying not to die? Pride is the hands we all hold in unison, for the hope we may live this life through various times, that which runs from Nigeria to Ghana, to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, etc uplifting LGBT+ persons across West Africa from the economic capital of the region, Lagos, Nigeria. Organizing an event of this size with a tight timeline, scheduling conflicts, an ever-changing and unfavorable socio-political atmosphere, lack of access to funding, Covid-19 Travel protocols, and increased costs has proven to be quite the challenge has indeed been challenging. But we are so excited to finally announce our line-up and festival plans as this event was designed to capture the wholesome Queer African experience in both the mainstream scene and grassroots while celebrating our resilience as a community.

This event brings International businesses, local businesses, NGOs, vendors, creatives, entertainers, and citizens together in a whole new way and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

O.K.Timileyin ( Organizer Pride in Lagos)

Pride In Lagos is the first of its kind in terms of reach, registrations, impact, and size! We get at numerous numbers of registrations daily; This festival after an overarching theme of “Living Lives of Hope” aimed at celebrating Queer resilience, activism, love, friendship, and movement building, on the west African soils in the past year, our local drag queens, and local non-conforming entertainers, writers, photographers etc. Over 40% of the festival programming are virtual, and the remaining 60% would span from end of the mainland to the islands of Lagos, ending at the open mic/pride party with Lagos own Urban artist! Pride In Lagos is pleased to welcome on its Festival Stage Temmie Ovwasa as the Headlining performer on the 26th of June 2022. while the dance pavilion host various activities like Dragherthon, Pride In Lagos Ball, etc.

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“Pride is for everyone!” and Pride in Lagos would further amplify this through various activities tailored to capture the wholesome and chaotic West African LGBT+ experience, the highs and low, fears and joys. We opened our door to partnerships with numerous local and international acts and organizations this year to expand the scope of our program, And Our Pride Grand Marshalls for 2022 are Aja Kween from Rupaul Dragrace, Rupaul Dragrace All Stars, and Legendaray season 3 Nigeria’s very own Bisi Alimi who has appeared on many international television stations, including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, CCTV, and outlets like NPR and the Washington Post have profiled him.

Queercity media Board of Directors will implement the same registration and admission requirements for all Pride In Lagos events. Festival attendees will need to show proof of registration and admission and a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours of entrance time for foreigners attending the festival. The festival grounds will have hand sanitizer stations, suggest masks and social distancing whenever possible.

Design by OKTimileyin

This year, we are launching the Pride in Lagos 2022 anthology and report titled; tales of Hope and also Inaugurating the historical Shelle list in Partnership with The Nigerian LGBT+ Museum of Arts, celebrating key and impactful works and representation in the Nigerian LGBT scene, at home and diaspora. Thanks to our headlining media partner Grindr and Fatshionista Brand, and sponsors like the InterPride, Centre for Black Equity, Capitol Ballroom Council, Black Trans Travel org, Area Scatter Pan Africa, and other private individuals who have channeled different resources, Time, Talents and treasures to make Pride In Lagos happen.

For all festival information, entertainment lineup, Panel discussions, accommodations, and more, please visit

For more information, please contact at Xela

Lastly, I and Team Pride in Lagos say “Welcome to Lagos




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Call For Anthology

Dear Writers/Poets,

Please write 1-4 pages about your Queer Resilience in the past year from June 2021 to April 2022. Such resilience could be your participation in a protest, your love, friendship, your chosen family, your house, your Twitter community, etc. Include your name or your pen name. Label your story as ” ‘Story” or “Poetry” Example: “Tyler’s Story”
Fill out this form and submit your entry before June 15th, 2022.
We’ll let you know if your submission has been selected or declined by June 18th, 2022.

Note that: This anthology would be Printed and Published in Collaboration with The Nigerian LGBTQ+ Museum of Arts

Theme: Tales of Hope ( An Anthology documenting NON-FICTION indigenous Queer Love/Activism/Friendship/Resilience essays and poetry reflecting the West African queer reality between June 2021 – April 2022 )

Submission Conditions
1. Will Not Accept Multiple Submissions
2. Accepts Unpublished Pieces Only
3. Accepts Simultaneous Submissions

Accepted Genres

Open till June 15th at 11:59 pm WAT.

For enquires, contact us.

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Audition for DragHerThon

Hi Drags

Fill out this form and Make a one-minute video answering; Why you are auditioning for Dragherthon, and what it would feel like to be the winner of the first official Drag Competition in West Africa ? Upload it on Instagram using #PrideInLagos#DragherthonAudition before June 01, 2022.

Note that: The final stage of this event would be physical and you would be required to be in Lagos by the 26th of June, 2022.

Basic Requirements for the competition;

An active Instagram/TikTok account
A smartphone
A functional wardrobe ( Must Have Categories; Traditional Fit/ Nollywood 90s / Eko4Show Extravaganza)
Good access to the internet

Make Over kits (Sponsor: Beauty by Ten)
Gift Bag
Cash Prize
and a one-year production deal

For enquires, send an email to

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Criminalizing LGBTQ+ identity and expression up to 14 years imprisonment wasn’t enough for the Nigerian government. The New Bill.

Written by Adunni Tiwatope | 8:20pm

Umar Muda a member of the house of Representatives on the 5th of April, 2022, as reported by SAHARA REPORTERS –
introduced and read a bill to further criminalize cross-dressing In Nigeria with liable punishment of up to 6month imprisonment or a fine of five hundred thousand naira.

This bill seeks to further enforce the SAME-SEX MARRIAGE PROHIBITION ACTS “SSMPA 2014” and amend the extension to include cross-dressing as one of the offences under the act, as if cross-dressing in Nigeria ever seize being a crime. It is yet another day in the unsafe targeted lives of Queer/LGBTQ+ people by the Nigerian government while neglecting all systemic emerging odds of the state. The Nigerian government and its law enforcement agents would better criminalize the minority for living than fix the simplest potholes on the federal roads in Nigeria.

The proposed bill doesn’t just aim to further criminalize LGBTQ+ but also aims at oppressing and taking up our tiniest freedom of expression and visibility, constantly painting us as the most social problem that needs to be immediately eradicated before the system can function while sailing the nation close to the wind.

Ahead of the 2015 elections was the ANTI-GAY laws “SSMPA” and this year, 7 years after, ahead of the 2023 elections is a need for the expansion of the “SSMPA” waved criminalizing cross-dressing, the most understood term for “Transgender” in Nigeria up to 6month imprisonment or paying an exploitative fine of five hundred thousand nairas.
It’s no doubt that the Nigerian government take pleasure in the unhealthy political strategy of baiting LGBTQ+ minority lives to please the masses in exchange for their desirable biased thumbprint on their ballot papers.

This is because hypocrisy hides in the heart of imperial religious practices in Nigeria and homophobia/transphobia is a key to unlocking the masses – The idea of “SSMPA” happened as bait to catch the attention of Nigerian mass ignorant bigots in exchange for 8years trust. However, the proposed read bill is yet to be passed aimed target at Bobrisky(Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju ), Denrele(Adenrele Oluwafemi Edun), and James Brown(James Chukwueze Obialor) and other cross-dressers in Nigeria.

We hope that someday, Nigeria and her people would realize the great harm they have caused for a better inclusive and respectful change.

Below are a few reactions of Nigerians;

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Save The Date – Pride in Lagos 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Pride Lagos 2023 will be taking place from June 12th to June 18th, 2023! This year’s celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever before, as we come together to celebrate love, diversity, and inclusion. Pride Lagos is an annual event that brings together members and allies of…

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Conceptualizing Sex and Sexuality, Gender and Gender relation.

by Adunni Tiwatope | April 1st, 2022 11:50 am

When we talk about sex, what comes to our mind?

The phrase that comes to our mind at first might be sexual intercourse activities but sex does not just mean intercourse, it is definitely beyond its typical meaning, it also refers to the categories to which people are typically assigned at birth based on physical characteristics (genitalia) by a gynaecologist.

Sex and Sexuality

Sex according to the construct of the social and political category is the perceived physiological identity difference between persons who are imposed, assigned males, females, and intersex… based on genitalia.
I believe this is insignificant not just because the discussion of sex “genitalia” should end at birth, but more because it’s a yardstick to further discrimination, enabling inequality and oppression in most societies.

Rather than for sex to be enjoyed mutually as intercourse to its best, it’s further otherwise used as a tool to subjugate, define and measure the individual capacity to function outside the bedroom.

Society often sees males and females as a biological binary. However, there are issues with this distinction. The chromosomal markers are not always clear-cut, some babies assigned “males” at birth are born with two or three X chromosomes, just as some babies assigned “females” are born with a Y chromosome and the base of it, we all carry the hormonal structure of both estrogen and testosterone at a uniquely different spectrum of overtime development. Also, some babies are born with genitalia ambiguous genitalia. Being intersex can mean a person has genitals or internal sex organs that fall outside of “ typical” binary categories. Or, a person might have a different combination of chromosomes. Some people do not know that they are intersex until they reach puberty. This explains that biology is complex and bodily development could be a spectrum of growth. Sexuality is not just about sex and certain body part that is associated with sexual activities.

Sexuality includes sexual orientation, such as who a person is attracted to, sexual identity as well as sexual fantasies and attitudes and values related to sex. Sexual orientation refers to sexual and romantic feelings for people of the same gender, a different gender, or more than one gender. People who identify themselves as “straight” or “heterosexual” typically feel only attracted to people of the other heterosexual or straight orientation of a different gender than their own. People who identify as “lesbian” or “gay” typically feel attracted to people of the same gender as themselves. People who identify as “bisexual” typically feel attracted to both the opposite and
same gender as themselves. People who identify as “Pansexual” do not just feel attracted to more than one gender but they do not see the existence of gender in their romantic feelings and relationship. People who use the term “queer” may use it to mean other terms that describe their experiences beyond the societal matching binary. Sexuality is a spectrum of sexual attractions which may be subjected to evolving changes in sexual preferences.
Sexual orientation can change over time for some people. A person might be attracted only to people of the same gender as themselves, and then later be attracted to more than one gender. This means that sexual orientation is diverse for some people.

Gender and Gender relation

The World Health Organization WHO explains gender as “Gender refers to the characteristics of women, men, girls and boys that are socially constructed. This includes norms, behaviours and roles associated with being a woman, man, girl or boy, as well as relationships with each other. As a social construct, gender varies from society to society and can change over time”. Based on this definition, gender is seen as a socio-cultural construct where roles and behaviour are determined and distinguished by the society based on perceived characteristics of man/woman, boy or girl.
The above definition shows the binary idea of the societal class system leaving out other persons who do not fit into the binary norms, roles, behaviours, and characteristics as insignificant.
However, the concept of gender has enjoyed frequent usage but has been subjected to diverse definitions and interpretations.
Gender is widely agreed to be a social construct that arises out of culture and cuts across all parts of society. For so long in history, gender and sex have been defined in binary between male and female, man
and woman, boy and girl eradicating the existence of others that do not fit in or outside the binary based on gender relations provided as the standard of interrelationships and dynamics of power between binary gender in the society (man and woman) —

Gender relations define how people interact with others and how others relate to them, depending on their attributed gender, and they should be analyzed within the cultural context in which they develop——The Psychology of Gender and Health, 2017.

Gender relation across all societies is not just skewed as parasitic and exploitative of women, it
also erases other forms of gender existence and denies the ability to tap into the diversity of self,
basically making persons who do not exist according to the binary system dysfunctional and a problem. Understanding that gender and gender relation are distinctive and roles are spelt out according to the structure of the society and culture, there is hardly any society where the roles to describe masculinity and femininity enable equality.

Gender relations in Nigeria only recognize Man and Woman class system and this is enabled by the patriarchal nature of the Nigerian society —- a system based on distinctive sexual
physiological characteristics at binary level male and female, where persons who are assigned male at birth are societally ascribed as men and females as women. Patriarchy is the authoritative male centred system that is oppressive and discriminatory, it is enforced through an early socialization process that continues to instil discriminatory attitudes in children
that grow up to be adults. A “male” child is labelled as a “boy”, trained to grow up into a man expected to exude rigidity, authoritative in the society and not a simple form of softness and weakness as such traits are
perceived as feminine while the “female” child is labelled as a girl, socialised to be supportive to their husband and expected to be dependent, labour for free and never to show any form of bravery as such trait is commended masculine neglecting individual capacity while constructing
them into binary depleted by physiological sex organ.

However, persons who do not meet the standard of humanity as to the binary structure of society are targeted as deviant minorities, invalidated and violently eradicated. In no doubt, society has its expectations and individuals have roles to perform to meet the expectations for the functionality of the society in contexts that align with the societal values and norms.

Gender relations

Nigerian society does not just encourage marginalization and inequality, it also doesn’t give room for diversity of self.

Despite the gender binary documentation in the state, there is the gradual emerging “pity”
recognition of “third gender”, as persons who do not identify with the gender binary in very
fainted parts of Nigerian social institutions are represented under inclusion and diversity projects mostly incorporated by members of the sexual and gender diverse marginalised community.
However, understanding gender diversity is understanding that sex is not gender and it shouldn’t be a determinant factor for individual functionality. .“Someone who identifies with the sex that they were assigned at birth is called “cisgender.” “Someone who is not cisgender and does not identify within the gender binary of man or woman, boy or girl may identify as nonbinary, gender fluid, or genderqueer, among other identities. A person whose gender identity is not totally based on sex assigned at birth might identify as transgender which is a bigger umbrella term.

It’s clear that as much as gender is a societal construct mostly related to binary, gender is more and beyond what it may have seemed to be as explained. Gender is a spectrum of characteristics, traits, expressions, many other internal and external factors and none that holistically represents individuality, which may be related to masculinity, femininity, neither, both and none that is not exactly the socially constructed identity of the man
and woman binary. Gender is who you are and how you see yourself internally and externally as an individual. This means that there are more than two genders because a person may identify and express
their gender in the most suitable ways.
Gender expression is how a person chooses to present their gender to the outside and gender identity is how and what a person feels internal and resonates with. This means that a person may identify as a woman based on their reality and experiences but present as masculine to the outside world although what is considered masculine and feminine changes over culture and tradition.The terms sex, sexuality and gender remain concerned topic in the world of today and this is because of distinguishing human diversity agitating for equality and inclusion.
For so long, many societies have enforced the idea that a person is either a man or a woman based on their sex physiological characteristics and the idea doesn’t work for each other because sex and gender are two different things. Sex ends at birth, sex is a person’s physical bodily characteristics at birth, and gender is all and beyond a person’s identities, expressions, values and societal roles.

In conclusion, The principle of equality may be forged from the gender binary class system, we can not agitate for equality when there is no room for diversity. Humanity is diverse and there may not be an exact balance of inequality if there is no room for affirmation of self in diversity. Our
experiences are totally not based on the outside but also include the inside.
Equality might unfairly constrain us to the subject of oppression and class. Clamouring for equality may not be as strong as the liberation of human nature of diversity just as the nature of the universe there in and out.

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