Nigerian Gay Rights Activist Bisi Alimi speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour

Bisi Alimi - January 2014 - BellaNaija

The same sex bill has been stirring up a lot of controversies on the international scene and it is probably not going to end soon.

Nigerian gay rights activist Bisi Alimi was invited by CNN‘s news correspondent Christiane Amanpour to speak on the issue. Bisi who came out in 2004, revealed how he couldn’t get a job and was threatened. He later moved to the UK for safety.

Bisi tells Christiane that religion plays a great part in the signing of the bill.


61 Comments on Nigerian Gay Rights Activist Bisi Alimi speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour
  • Concerned_Boyfriend January 17, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Batty man and sodomites, we nuh like.

  • Kelz January 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    ahahaah, the first guy interviewed on the streets is as gay as a rainbow with glitters for extra effect. That is all I can say for this law and Nigerians…goodbye!

  • fatima January 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Oloriburuku omo…….dunno wat he lyks eating anoda guy lyk him…..I’m sure u are a real disgrace to d “Alimi’s”….omo isonu buruku yi

    • whocares January 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      *sigh* when I read statements by people like you… Was there a need for all of this insult? and I am not referring to just you, but everyone else. I have read statements from people on BN who do not approve of homosexuality etc but they have expressed themselves in a respectful manner.. Learn from them.

  • NaijaBorn_USLiving_YoungOga January 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Life’s about choices. There’s a right way & a wrong way. We all know that: sperm + sperm & egg + egg DOES NOT EQUAL a new human creation. Therefore male homosexuality & female lesbianism is CONTRARY human nature established by The Almighty. Don’t be deceived people, whoever’s speaking. Celeb or Non Celeb.

    • Elizabeth January 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

      So what about infertile and intersex people, where do they fit in this world. Didn’t God create them?

  • Chigbo January 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Gays have rights……..just make sure you transport yourself outside the 4 walls of Nigeria to enjoy them! Shikena!

    Nigeria has rights too………they don’t want your gay ass inside the country……lol

  • Anon January 17, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    What baffles me is that same sex marriage has always been banned. Has anyone looked at the constitution to see what it says about marriage? This new bill IMO is a diversion.

  • Adams January 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    In as much i dont support gay union but am concerned about the sentence meted out…..just too harsh i think the bill should be reviewed and some clauses be removed.cos law enforcement ‘re going to misuse the law to infringe on pples fundamental rights

  • AW January 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I read an article this morning on daily mail, on the reasons people give for seeking asylum in the UK, most of them ridiculous and far-fetched. When I read it, my first thought was; this people never see anything, they should prepare, because Jonathan has given Nigerians, with this bill, a genuine reason to claim asylum on fraudulent basis. Even well known womanisers with 7 wives will move to the UK and claim that they are being persecuted because they are Gay, women too won’t be left out.

    • sara January 17, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      LOL! I was thinking the same thing. Nigerians will be claiming left and right to be gay for asylum.

  • Angel January 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    When boko haram were killing people left right center,
    I wonder why this kind of uproar was not raised. there was deafening silence
    From all quarters including the so called celebrities and the western world.
    I just know the west don’t have our best interest at heart, trust me there’s more to
    This gay rights campaign they are championing, the funny thing is that many states in America
    Are yet to accept this bill, fingers crossed, we will see the end of this.

    • whocares January 17, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      How can they help about Boko Haram when your own government has not made any move to do anything? This law on the other hand has been passed. There wasnt much uproar from the Western front when the bill was being contemplated, even though the news stations reported on it.. Same way they have reported on every boko haram attack.

      • Angel January 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

        Plsssssss forget this talk ‘ Nig govt are corrupt, Nig govt are not doing anything’
        Am sick of it, check this.. America went to Iraq, Afganistan etc at the slightest provocation
        Claiming they wanna restore peace and so called human rights, well same political issue these countries had arose in Syria, Sudan etc, why didn’t America invade as usual to keep peace? Is Because their resources not mouth watering enough for them? My dear the west do not invest in something they re not going to reap from, use ur tongue to count ur teeth….

      • whocares January 17, 2014 at 11:11 pm

        Forget the truth and the fact that the Nigerian government is ineffectual? The fact is the news of this law will circulate because of the nature of the law and thee will be reactions to it.. Now why should the American government intervene regarding boko haram? The only reasonable wy they can do so is to send troops.. do you want that? If they send monetary aid, we all know how that will end. I find the attitude of most of you praising the Nigerian government and taking a us vs them stance to be disgusting frankly speaking.. The government is shitty, they have made a law that is not only in direct contrast to the Nigerian constitution itself (and didnt bother to amend the constitution) but is YES against human rights.. No matter your opinion on homosexuality, this is wrong! Therefore your us and them argument does not move me.. The truth is this law was introduced by westerners in the first place so why is no one screaming about that?

  • nky January 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    In other non related news. BN please give us gist on tokes wedding to her boo oooooooo i am tired of refreshing. Women really do know how to hold on to love

  • Kia January 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I beg you guys forget this story, toke and maje are MARRIED!

  • whocares January 17, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I cannot watch the video right now, but Mr Alimi I am glad you spoke up. People’s hate and intolerance is blinding them to the unfairness other people mete out on homosexual or suspected people (even tomboys). A situation this law, and so many other laws in other countries wont help

  • Man of God January 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I think Goodluck has given proof why Nigeria is the giant of Africa. Every other nation who should respect the right of holy matrimony should look up to the Allmighty God for both spiritual, moral, social and economic support for God is all sufficient. Nigeria is the Hero of the world. Even though we are economically corrupt, we are still the best people in the world.

  • January 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    i hate gay

  • Just Me January 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    There is a reason why the after life is screened from us: So that we can all merit being in our first homes; not by seeing it first, but by following God’s commandments. And God destroyed the city of homosexuals; yet, we have people who say things like as long as they don’t bother me, who are we to judge or condemn, gays should be given their rights to practice freely, etc So tell me, how would you stand before God to give account of such statements? He says NO and you say YES, not so? Hmm! that day will be such a dreadful one, indeed!

  • Voila January 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    A man+wife+children are the bedrock of a society. Any other way will destroy the society from its very core! you go and see what is happening in “modern day” U.K and U.S.A, all manners of dysfunctional human beings boasting on Jeremy kyle. Too much “Open eye”we do not need in Nigerian. Buy your one way tickets! Au Revoir! Asta la vista!! odabo! etc

  • Chum chum January 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    This Bisi guy is a bloody liar.

  • Nkiruka January 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I really wasn’t going to say anything but I’m compelled to do so after watching and digesting the illiteracy, hypocrisy and judgemental attitudes of SOME narrow minded Nigerians, I have to vent once again (I feel sorry for my future husband with all this venting lol). Why do the government feel that it’s mandatory to enforce the anti-gay bill???? Like really??? The government priorities are all in the wrong place. Why haven’t the government proactively enforced measures to make sure that corruption is stifled and eradicated? Why haven’t the government made it their priority and mission, that the people of Nigeria are not compelled to live in absolute poverty, living on less than one dollar a day? Especially as Nigeria is one of the richest countries in the world, TRUST ME NIGERIA IS BALLING!!!!!! Why are the government allowing these old and decrepitated men to marry aka enslave girls as young as 11??? What about safe good roads, electricity, clean water, free education and health services which are the fundamental basic entitlement that everyone deserves. Nigeria I love you but at the same time I just don’t understand your methods of analytical thinking *shrugs shoulders*. What is it the government businesses of what two consensual adults do behind closed doors? Wetin dey worry you sef?? Are you God abi? As a Christian I always live with the notion of what would Jesus do? If some Nigerians are saying that being gay is a sin, what about fornications (everyone’s favourite lol), lying, stealing (government love chopping money oooo), adultery, killing, jealous etc, etc. Aren’t these all sins as well? The point I’m trying to make is NO ONE is perfect, so how dare we JUDGE or CONDEM another human being. Matthew 7;3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?? Government of Nigeria once you start incorporating positive changes and providing BASIC NESCESSITES then that is when I will take you guys more serious, but as for now you all need to take several seats kmt *rolls my eyes, flips my hair and goes back to work my BREAK IS OFFICIALLY OVER*.

    • SaveNaija January 18, 2014 at 2:09 am

      Nkiruka, I hear you quite clearly, but you see the truth is that, African countries are making changes to marriage laws in their various countries, of a man and woman, b/cos liberals in Westerner countries, ie, Western Europe and America are pushing the gay right issues forcefully, and they are trying to make it a global issue. In some cases, they are tying any developmental AID to these African countries with gay right laws if they intend to get financial support. I think that’s wrong, but anyway, that’s a topic for another day. Come to think of it, why didn’t these African countries find it necessary to make these laws until now. If you understand global politics, then you’ll understand.

      • Angel January 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

        God bless u for this comment….

      • Sandi January 18, 2014 at 11:58 pm

        May God bless you for this. It isn’t just the African nations. Nigeria isn’t alone in this. Russia and other Eastern European nations are taking the same measures. This bill isn’t so much about gays but about a push back to the Western nations for thinking they can strong arm other nations especially developing nations by pushing this down our throats. A law banning gay marriage has been in the books, no one even cared or bothered about it. But with the U.S., U.K., etc trying to force this on the rest of the world, the rest of the world has fought back.

        What a lot of so called ‘enlightened’ and ‘you-do-you and I-do-me’ fail to realise is that the gay movement in the West has forced, yes forced its way into the homes and businesses of others. A gay couple in Denver, Colorado walked into Jack Phillips’ bakery shop asking for a wedding cake to celebrate their gay wedding which occurred in Massachussetts. Jack declined citing his Christian belief, gay couple sues him for discrimination. Judge rules in favour of gay couple. So basically dude can’t practice his faith. Not only that but it violates his right to run his private business the way he sees fit. There are many more instances of this. So basically my religious right gives way to your right to have sex, I don’t think so. This is how it affects people, this is how it affects me and how it affects you. It isn’t a thing of the confines of your bedroom, they aren’t simply just having sex in the bedroom, because even sex itself has an impact of society. What occurs in your home has an impact on society. The family is the unit that makes up society what each person does in public or in private affects everyone, because at the end of the day we all step outside our homes.

        Seun Kuti was on the Banky and Tiwa show talking about there are people who feel like men on the inside or women on the inside. Please let it be noted that you are not a man or a woman based on how you feel. You are a man because you have a penis, you are a woman because you have a vagina. No one looks at your feelings to objectively define whether you’re a man or a woman. When you’re born the doctor screams ‘it’s a girl’ because there’s a vagina and ‘it’s a boy’ because there’s a penis. They don’t wait until your feelings show to determine whether it’s a boy or girl. It’s foolishness, it’s stupidity. It’s illogical.
        Now in the west they’re beginning to come up with gender-neutral bathrooms where boys and girls can pee together. The foolishness only gets bigger and bigger. I guess it’ll end when we all become amoebas.

    • canadian igbo January 18, 2014 at 2:57 am

      high 5 for this comment

    • Janice January 18, 2014 at 4:23 am

      well said

    • L January 18, 2014 at 6:51 am

      Totally agree with you, this whole drama has just exposed the illiteracy of the masses which has been holding Nigeria back for decades and will continue to hold them back- ‘Giant of Africa’ my left foot- when they still take light lol. The argument isn’t necessarily against the law itself, but the need to bring it in at a time when we are facing so many more important issues!!! But yh the average Nigerian seems unable to comprehend that….

    • sir prinz July 7, 2014 at 9:56 am

      must time i keep wondering why people will be compering fornication, rubbery , murderer with homosexual what joy do you really get by having sex with someone of same gender is that not madness and stupidity.?

  • Vicky January 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Viola,I truly agree with you too much “open eye”

  • Briggs January 17, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Thank God for this laW.we must not take evrithing 4rm oyibo pple.if u want to b gay go 2 us or uk

  • Miss Birmingham January 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    As much as I condemn the act of homosexuality in entirety, and agree that it is unnatural and contrary to the dictates of our religion, I cannot help but concede to the part of the argument concerning innocent people being framed and called gay and then thrown behind bars. In Nigeria we over do everything… from jungle justice to the unspeakable. As much as I dislike homosexuality and dare I say dislike the people who engage in such , I believe we should tread carefully.

  • Janice January 18, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I hear the bible quoted a lot… yet does the bible not say Tho shalt not steal… yet many of the people in power do so from the less fortunate… Tho shalt not commit adultery… yet it happens. I understand that some people find the act of homosexuality disgusting… but nobody is telling you that you need to become gay. You can choose to lead your life and let others lead theirs. I am sure there are more important things in the country that need to be addressed more urgently than who is sleeping with whom.

  • mikkykalifaj January 18, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Nkiru u sound good nigerians is full of bullshit dem go live ass way fart go de knock head,all this things government big stomach is doing is to distract peoples attention from the crime the are doing bcos i wonder why till now common light we dont have i nigeria and still we have the mind to talk to things that is not necessry ,nigerian have become so bad that nothing make peoples happy any more until people have to engage in so many things to make there self happy like turning to a gay ,that country need to divide that is all i know bcos the corrupt of that country is bigger than the effort we are putting to make it right,u patch here and it burst and start licking from the other side

  • Stephanie January 18, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Abegi the guy should go and seat for one corner jor! Rubbish, mschew!

  • Lizzie January 18, 2014 at 6:03 am

    I watched this on Amanpour, he can champion his rights without being uncouth.. plus some other blasphemy like words have been alluded to him like saying Jesus was gay.

    i have always admired his bravery though.

  • titi January 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Enough already about this whole gay thing. It’s plain ridiculous! we are always so quick to jump on the bandwagon. Why do gays in Nigeria want to marry anyway? what equal rights are the fighting? do you know why gays are fighting to get married in the US? It’s about money, money, money! they want to be entitled to the same benefits that heterosexual couples are entitled to such as employment benefits, spousal support etc. That is the root of their fight. Again why do gays in Nigeria want to be married, have they thought about it? Ask yourselves that question. The majority of the citizens in this country are fully in support of a law that prohibits gay marriage. and as far as I know it has always existed in our customary law if I remember my law school training….get over it already.

  • ibukungeorge January 18, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I can’t watch the video.I keep getting the error response uploader has not made this available in your country.So because am in usa I can’t watch ni?

  • Sola January 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Oh shut up the lot of you. Really this is the same of racism there is no consensual basis for who is gay and who is not. If someone lies about you and says your gay, you are going to go to jail =. There is no DNA test to prove that your not so be hating gays. Its very easy for you non gays to be interpreted as on so don’t be silly. i am very sick and tired of this. This is not the main issue in this country.This should not have been addressed. Power is still at stake, book haram is on rampage and a live rapist is living free in Abuja because his father has money. Gays would not harm anyone. Dont forget the main issue over this diversion. This is a main controversial topic and is just being used to gain publicity for the upcoming elections. Dont prove everyone in the outside world right by being as ignorant as you are. Lets focus on having 24 hours of power so the police can at least see the gays they are going to chase.

    • Titi January 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      You should do the shutting up as you havent made much sense in this rant.

      • Sola January 20, 2014 at 4:46 pm

        you came here to tell me to shut up. Well done.

  • Coco Chaneel January 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Who are we to judge when Jesus Christ himself dined with
    sinners (Tax collectors, prostitutes) etc. He who is without sin
    should cast the first stone. So all of you here condeming
    homosexuals and what not know what you do behind close doors. This
    anti gay bill is truly a diversion when there are more pressing
    issues to be resolved by the goverment

    • Naijabella January 18, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Thank U very much. God help us.

    • Sandi January 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      And so we should make stealing legal because after all Jesus dined with thieves. Yes Jesus dined with sinners but he did not condone the sin, he also told the prostitute to go and sin no more. So we can love the sinner and hate the sin.

  • Naijabella January 18, 2014 at 10:21 am

    God help us Naijas to reason objectively so that we won’t regret our actions in future.

  • Naijabella January 18, 2014 at 10:22 am

    God help us Naijas to reason objectively so that we won’t
    regret our actions in future

  • Unisex January 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Nkiruka, Hi 5 you said all. What if your child was gay what
    would you do?

  • lagos boy January 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Just live and let die, do what you like in the private of
    your house, its your business gay or no gay life continues and who
    care what your orientation is as long as you don’t disturb others
    stop all this rights issues enough is enough. Life

  • Jj January 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    All u so called Christians go back and read your Bible
    properly, in the book of Leviticus a lot is written there. Poverty,
    and corruption exist everywhere in the world and will remain even
    till the second coming of Christ. Legalizing gay in Nigeria, will
    only add to the problems she already has.

  • omel January 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    There are some things a country should not joke with. Its
    not bout human rights, who is right or wrong. This i bigger than
    us. Jonathan knows and understands that why he did what he did. He
    just saved Nigeria and its citizens and someday i don’t know how, U
    n I as individual Nigerians will thank him for his action. We are
    just creations, the creator knows best.

  • Oyin January 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    @unisex Why do people always put the useless American
    statement, “what if your child is gay”. Is that suppose to make
    homosexuality justified. The truth is, my child will NEVER be gay.
    Being gay hs NOT genetic or hereditary, it’s a behavior developed
    based in environment. That’s the reason some will claim they’ve
    been gay since young, which I believe molestation and exposure is
    part if it, some claim after failed relationship with opposite sex,
    some in their adulthood. It shows that homosexuality is simply
    perversion. If my parent, uncles, aunts, cousins are all
    heterosexual as far as I know, why should my child be gay. My
    children will be raised the right ways and pray they are productive
    citizens who will go on in life to reproduce. Being barren is a
    different situation. America keep pushing this gay agenda, when
    this country is going downhill. HIV/Aids is the fastest growing
    disease among gay minorities here. So, is this another problem
    Nigerians will face and start crying for western help when it gets
    out if control. Yes, it’s a harsh punishment but I think it will
    curb Nigerians indulging in more perversion. And knowing how
    Nigerians are copycats and go overboard, I can see more Nigerians
    taking homosexuality to another level. All this uproar is another
    propaganda for western world to still involve themselves in
    Nigeria”a affairs.

  • daiva January 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    stop giving them publicity… end this shii

  • omada January 18, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    So my own concern is this. Let’s say someone has an axe to
    grind with me, maybe a disgruntled employee, spurned toaster,
    business partner etc, goes to report to the authorities that i’m a
    homosexual and i’m arrested, how do I prove my innocence? Because
    let’s be real, the Nigerian police will not look for proof of your
    guilt before arresting you, so the burden is on you to prove your
    innocence. How do you do this? And this is the best case

    • Rick Efa January 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      If someone tells the law enforcement that you are homo and cant provide evidence of such, how is it possible that you go behind bars???? ???????????????

      • Rick Efa January 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm

        You are wrong because, if it were that easy someone would have said you are an armed robber, or a rapist, or other crimes in the book before now….

      • omada January 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

        why u dey talk like say u no sabi as tins dey for

  • Rick Efa January 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Firstly, this isn’t about religion, its about what is simply right and wrong, what is permitted by nature and human existence. Why do people get arrested for trying to commit suicide? Now to the western story. We as a country are not mandated to conform to what is practiced in the western world and if you say its about human rights, who decided what human rights should be? Can that person go to Muslim countries in the middle east and tell them to adopt gay and lesbianism? From a political stand point i do not think this is a distraction of any sort. The government that made the law has moved on and they are not even talking about it again, its we the people that are still debating about it, cos some people among us cant stand it (perhaps for the reason of them being gay… lol) And we can debate about the law enforcement or the people around taking advantage of the law like they can do with every other law in the book, so that point is quite irrelevant, no one is getting prosecuted without hard evidence if they know their rights.

  • Rachel January 27, 2014 at 10:48 am

    USA – from Puritans to Impure-itans

    Any connection between beautiful New England and predicted disasters?
    Take same-sex marriage. I would have guessed that a “sin” city (San Francisco? Las Vegas?) would have been the first to legalize it.
    Oddly it’s been America’s birthplace that’s wanted to be the first place to end America and its values! It’s been a Nor’easter of Perversion (helping to fulfill Luke 17’s “days of Lot”) that began in (you guessed it) Boston in 2004!
    New England has gone from the Mayflower Compact to the Gay Power Impact, from Providence to decadence, from Bible thumpers to God dumpers, from university to diversity to perversity, and from the land of the Great Awakening to God’s Future Shakening that’ll make the Boston bombings look like Walden Pond ripples by comparison!
    The same Nor’easter has been spreading south and as far west as Washington State where, after swelling up with pride, Mt. Rainier may wish to celebrate shame-sex marriage by having a blast that Seaddlepated folks can share in lava-land!
    The same Luke 17 prediction is tied to the Book of Revelation which speaks of the cities that God will flatten because of same-sexism – including American cities – a scenario I’ll have to accept since I can’t create my own universe and decree rules for it.
    I’ve just been analyzing the world’s terminal “religion” that has its “god,” its accessories, its “rites,” and even a flag. It’s an obsession that the infected converts are willing to live for, fight for – and even die for!
    Some claim that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. Well, when gays have birthdays they don’t say what they don’t want but say positively what they do want.
    Likewise Jesus didn’t get negative and mention every sexual variation that He knew mankind would invent, but stated positively that marriage involves only a man and a woman!
    Want more facts? Google “God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up,” “Government-Approved Illegals,” “FOR GAYS ONLY: Jesus predicted,” “Filthy Still Club (Rev. 22:11),” and “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”

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