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.
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.
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 […]
Rex Okechukwu Opara Jr., a.k.a. Raldie Young, is a Lagos-based music producer and singer-songwriter. Over the past decade, Rex has produced an impressive catalogue of independent releases inspired by neo-soul, R&B, hip-hop and African influences. He also frequently collaborates as a producer with numerous artists in Nigeria’s underground music scene, works as a graphic designer and co-hosts the queer podcast “We Don’t Have A Name For This Podcast”. “Music is the way I express my thoughts and feelings and document my experiences as an outsider,” says Rex. “It’s also a way of reaching out to outsiders like me.
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
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.
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.
Dear Listeners, For the past one week, i have caught myself in between thoughts of who you are.
At 21 i found my lonely queer self under the bridge of campus with the queers, the famous campus open bar for the “TBs” had been one of the spaces i had always gone to enjoy human interactions. Growing up a Dyslexic Queer nerd in Nigeria and Lagos Mainland to be precise means a lot of “alone” time, they roll in like god’s time whether i chose them or not, like skipping social gatherings because i could have my anxiety peaking up there till i probably burn the herb, or me choosing to sneak in between pages of books i love to read and hide because i don’t want to explain why i’m still reading gay books rather than go to the movies with family. Little did i know that that cold breezy April night at campus open bar was going to be the beginning of a journey for myself and you, dear listener.
For once i thought it was never going to end, like a journey where i would just wear a veil and clamour the ways of the lord, i mean ; the gay agenda. An event happened that night at campus and that answers the question of “why” for me, Queercity podcast was birthed from a random conversations i had with random boys, some i had known from the Old Alabama nights of the lagos underground scenes. This night i sat on a fence hidden in the darkness of the car park, i was the only one there, and i could enjoy the view of the gathering, the loud music coming from the lengthy bar mixed with the faint smell of Lagos road side foods and a whiff of exhaust coming fromt the traffic. I met with two acquittances who made interaction that birthed the podcast. i wished i could speak out my heart to them right there in their faces, but i never did, rather i went home, spoke with friends who did the “we-got-you’ part, and the first episode was recorded that night.
Reaching 50 episodes, i laughed, not at the figure but in how much of myself had gone into the podcast, and how much the podcast has given back to me. Dear listener, I’m sure by now, you would have known i started the podcast in one of the bathrooms of my mother’s three bedroom apartment in Lagos, Nigeria, having zero clue and knowledge about the few techie techie things I now know “a lot” about. Due to the loud noise of Lagos streets, I was forced to always record at night on my Tecno Y3, so i could have less noise from human daytime activities. You remember when I did the No one is born gay or lesbian in Nigeria episode, that was an era in Nigeria, when we laughed off the bread seller turned model’s homophobic slurs, or when our first episode went up.
At the end of season one, i just could not wait for the production of season two , which kept me on the roads of Nigeria for 10 days speaking with Queer folx. Dear listener, you can tell i enjoy what i’m doing, sometimes all i do all night is put off the light, put on the herbs, plug in the headphone and edit the podcast or reply to emails. after a long day. I enjoyed recording in these Nigerian cities that have their own unique Queer narratives, with every community came the stories of strength, resilience, and bravery. I never thought that podcast i started from the bathroom would be what you’ll like to listen to, never knew you’ll tell me how much the stories i tell inspire you. The days when i wake up to your short emails or instagram messages, i smiled. I never foresaw the financial responsibilities that comes with the podcast, but you, you , dear listener, have used the donation button few times to keep me going.
By the end of season III, i thought to take a bow out, i waved podcast hosting good bye, with intents of production for other hosts. You again, dear listener asked “Hey Queernerd, i haven’t heard the podcast in a while, i smiled like smacking my lips knowing i don’t intend to sit before this microphone. Dear listener, you have heard me, you have heard me change, i have grown, i have progressed. i have evolved over the years. it’s now three years today since you first found my shy, geeky, and naive self. I remember when i would cry then send my thoughts over a topic to you, you will listen and send to your contact, till i now pride in ten thousand downloads. During the height of Covid 19, when i had lost my phone to the police raid of my apartment, you asked that i speak to you when i was feeling the lowest, dear listener you listened to all six episodes of the covid-19 bonus series, and if only you listened well you could hear my depression.
If i wont lie to myself dear listener, your listenership, reviews and messages, have not just built our relationship, you have helped me grow, if you don’t believe try out the podcast’s first 12 episodes, and be glad you did it, friend, you did it. Finally, We are 3 years together and this is cheers to your support and to myself for allowing myself grow through this. Thank you Dear Listener, Volunteers, Friends, and supporters.
Season IV premiered yesterday, starting with the narratives of police violations across West Africa. Just in the first three months of 2021, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon have recorded cases of Violation of Queer folks. On the soil of west Africa, this isn’t new again to media, with various socio-cultural and governmental institution militating against the decriminalization of LGBTIQ+ rights in Ghana and Nigeria in recent times. I noted the pattern of arrest across these countries, where all these violation of queer folks had happened in the the first months of 2021, comparing them to those of the past. Also, acknowledging the possibilities of the a new form of activism against the police, and the illegal arrest of LGBT folx in West Africa.
Timeless Queer Defiance and it's consequences in Nigeria With Chude –
"Defiance comes with consequences and I am comfortable with it". He speaks about gay rights in the Nigerian churches, at conferences and anywhere. On this episode of the Queercity podcast, we would be experiencing what the reality of speaking for LGBT+ rights in Nigeria is for Nigeria's own Chude Jideonwo. Chude is known for his active amplification of minorities issues with his big show #WithChude, where he has also created space to help bring Queer persons' narratives safely to the mainstream media.
Chude speaks of how empathy could be an approach to fighting for the rights of sexual minorities, and to furtherly engaging violently oppressive systems. Behind the scenes packing and Bisi Alimi's appearance on “The Dawn” in 2004, and the interview with Faraphina magazine
Timeless Queer Defiance and its consequences in Nigeria with @chude Jideonwo
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Credit Executive Producer: Queercity Media and Productions @Queercitymediaandproductions
Hosted and Produced by: Olaide Kayode Timileyin(QueerNerd) @OKTIMILEYIN
Guest: Chude Jideonwo
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