Nigerian gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi who stripped to briefs, attached a ‘controversial’ comment to the semi-nude photo he shared on his Instagram page.
According to Bisi Alimi who claimed we live in a world where most men strive to have big dicks, he wants big balls instead. Here is what he wrote below;
“Day 2 of my 30 days of pride. In a world where most men strive to have big d**k (d**khead) I chose to have big balls (courage). How big are your balls? ..”
Bisi Alimi who is currently on ’30 days of gay pride’ countdown, gained international attention when he became the first Nigerian gay to come out openly on television. According to him, it was a secret he’d long harbored, along with his HIV diagnosis.
‘When I came out, I did it for three reasons. One was personal, one was because I was inspired, and one was because of the global conversation.
There was this big conversation going on globally at the time, with lots of attention on gay marriage. And Nigeria was just saying that we don’t have people like that in our country.
The conversation in Nigeria wasn’t about opening up gay rights, so much as how do we stop that [homosexuality] coming here. They were looking to build a wall of traditional values, family values, so that gay people didn’t come to Nigeria.
Gene Robinson [in the US, the first bishop in an openly gay relationship] was an inspiration to me at the time, he was causing a ripple in the church about his own sexuality and it showed me that sexuality could be spoken about publicly.
In 2004, I was graduating from university. I’m a trained actor and I had my big break in TV around the same time. But the media found out about my sexuality, and they had photos of myself and my boyfriend kissing, They wanted to make a big deal out of it.
So I was traumatised, and afraid, and everyone in my support system was telling me not to talk about it. But I was really driven to speak out, to say I can’t allow the narrative about there not being any gay men in Nigeria.
It was terrifying. I thought it was going to put an end to my career. But I was saving myself. At 17, I attempted suicide and I had severe mental health issues. So I thought, either I come out and I kill myself, or I don’t come out and I kill myself.
But the number of young people who were coming to me and saying they were experiencing the same things, there were so many that I decided there was work to be done here.
It wasn’t a hero thing, or a courage thing, to me. And I’m not being humble. I wasn’t doing it to be courageous. I just wanted to save myself.
But when I was waiting to go on TV, [on the “Funmi Iyanda’s New Dawn with Funmi” show] to speak out, there were times when I backed out, or the show backed out, but eventually we went ahead with it.
And I was sat on the sofa of the most watched TV show in Nigeria and said I was gay’ he said in an interview