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 everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their individual differences. It is a call to action to embrace diversity and inclusivity and to reject discrimination and intolerance. At its core, “We All Belong” is a message of unity, community, and acceptance of minority communities in Nigeria.

Why “We All Belong” Matters:

The fight against different discrimination and prejudice experienced particularly by individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ in West Africa is still at large. Despite significant progress in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, there is still a long way to go. LGBTQ+ individuals in Nigeria continue to face religious harassment, police, and societal violence, and legislative discrimination which has led to continuous disenfranchisement of the queer body, ensuring a sense of isolation, shame, and exclusion. The “We All Belong” message is an essential reminder that everyone is welcome, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.

Creating a Sense of Belonging in a Sensitive socio-political Climate:

The role of Lagos in the socio-economic and political atmosphere of West Africa is undeniable, likewise our beloved country’s impact on Africa. As the world experiences a rise in anti-LGBTQI+ legislation in a global economic recession, it is very imperative that we care for our very own community across the board! inviting everybody to the table, building community, amplifying conversations, and building systems.

We look forward to a Power Pride week this year!

with YOU!

Community Talks Events

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)
Creators spotlight

Raldie Young.

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.

Creators spotlight

Amara, the Lesbian

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. 

Creators spotlight

Bola Yahaya

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.

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Seyi  mint, Nigerian  Actor, Vocalist and Talent Executive/road manager. 


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.


@wanlov Music maker, filmmaker, and activist.

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.

Fejiro Faeyfaeyy Adjerhore

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.  

Creators spotlight

Fola Francis

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.