Activist Bisi Alimi has left bullies with no other support as he once again openly declared his HIV status.
He took a swipe at bullies who try to use his HIV status to shame him.
On his Instagram story he shared on Friday August 13, 2021, he wrote;
“I have been living with HIV for 17 years. So forget it, you can’t shame me with HIV. I even chose to announce to the world that I have HIV. You have to really look for another material”
Bisi Alimi (born Ademola Iyandade Ojo Kazeem Alimi, 17 January 1975) is a Nigerian Gay Rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate who gained international attention when he became the first Nigerian to come on national television to openly declare his sexuality.
Prior to his public self-outing, Alimi began his advocacy career in the late 1990s in Nigeria when a number of his friends died from HIV/AIDS. After 2 years of community mobilization work (including condom distribution and safe-sex education) for Gay men and Men who have Sex with other Men (MSM) in Nigeria, he joined the Alliance Rights Nigeria (ARN) in 2002 as a Programme Director, developing and providing HIV/AIDS and sexual health services and support. In his capacity as ARN Programme Director, he was at the heart of developing the Nigerian MSM HIV prevention framework in 2004. He was trained by the International AIDS Alliance in 2004 as HIV project Designer, Community Mobiliser, Care, Support and Treatment. In 2005, he co-founded The Independent Project (later, The Initiative for Equal Rights) working as its executive director.
On 11 April 2007 he was forced to flee Nigeria following threats to his life. He was granted asylum in 2008 by the UK, where he has been resident since. On 8 December 2014 he was conferred with British citizenship. From 2007 to 2011, Alimi worked as African MSM Project Co-ordinator at Naz Project London. Alimi is currently the Executive Director of Bisi Alimi Foundation and a co-founder and director of Rainbow Intersection, as well as co-founder of The Kaledoscop Trust which he served as Director for Africa from 2012 to 2013. He has been a visiting lecturer at Freie Universitat Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin