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“You don’t pray change into being, you force it into being” – Bisi Alimi on why he’ll be going into Politics in Nigeria



bisi-alimi-politicsA couple of days ago, Gay Rights Activist, Bisi Alimi declared his intention to run for public office in Nigeria.

Today, he shared a screenshot of a Facebook Post he wrote a year ago when he was in Nigeria, where, among other things, he said, “We need to do something and do it quick to salvage the beloved nation called Nigeria”.

He shared the screenshot and wrote:

It’s been a year since I made my first return trip back to Nigeria after 8. I wrote this piece on Facebook a year ago, the only thing that has changed has been the harsh economic situations over 80% of Nigerians found themselves now. The poor has become poorer. The indifference of the political class is of concern and the religious organisations are abandoning their responsibility to the poor while they enrich themselves. This is the reason I will be going into politics because, you don’t pray change into being, you force it into being. This won’t be change like before. No it won’t be business as usual. This will be change driven by the audacity to hope.


  1. Kmoney

    November 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    You got my vote.

    • Sean

      November 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Talk is cheap! If you want to do politics, come home and do it. He fled Nigeria cos of his sexuality and found asylum in a foreign country. Yet his news floods our timelines everytime he sneezes.

      Please can Nigerian blogs stop paying attention to this guy? Alimi, Bobriskky and the likes….I mean for real?? There are other important things to blog about I beg una

  2. EE

    November 23, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Sorry but that’s naive. Change isn’t brought by force, only chaos is.

    There is this assumption people make, you’ll win the elections based on your uncommon charisma and boom!! you’ll fix every problem and retire the messiah. In reality, you’ll face pushback from “the establishment”, “vested interests”, eventually you’ll compromise and you’ll become one of “them”.

    To succeed you don’t just need to have a plan, you need to have an entire organisation willing to put in place that plan. Read about countries that affected the change Nigerians like to fantasize about, it wasn’t one person, but an ideologically driven party that did so.

    I’ve always wondered, people who throw jibes at prayer, has it never occurred to them that some people just like praying?? We are all different right, besides unlike your ohh so perfect countries, my taxes don’t feed people who’d rather pray than work, so what’s my business with them?

    I’m tempted to be cynical and say this is all the groundwork for a made for TV controversy, but I hope Mr Alimi is a patriot who’ll broaden our political space and maybe stop being condescending to his electorate.

    P.S anybody notice our diaspora is slowly developing a white man’s burden mentality. Equal parts fascinating, funny and a little sad.

    “Take up the White Man’s burden

    And reap his old reward:

    The blame of those ye better

    The hate of those ye guard—

    The cry of hosts ye humour

    (Ah slowly) to the light”

    Describes it no? we dislike their meddling, yet they can’t stop wanting to save us.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      You are pretty okay for a 21-year-old.

    • EE

      November 23, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      22, 1 month and 3 days. You’re pretty okay for a Nigerian man hater. At least you’re funny.

      @Wale Ever considered that’s what he wants?? It’ll just make him a martyr. Subtlety always beats violence, besides technically speaking, lesbians are the real threat here. Unless his pierced ears are making you ponder, he’s taking out other competition, no?

    • Rainbow ? kisses

      November 23, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      @ EE – “Lesbians are the real threat here”… How so? Please explain.

    • EE

      November 24, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Lesbians like women, straight men like women, gay men like men.

      Basically gay men take away competition, lesbians ARE the competition.

      It was a joke, not like there is a lesbian conspiracy to wipe out straight men, hopefully.

    • wale

      November 24, 2016 at 6:06 am

      @ee…am not surprise you will support him….you clearly a gay boy try to justify why you are gay…as far as it is not a natural act..sorry you need jungle justice….if you can eat pepper soup with your nose or anus…then I will believe Gay people are normal.‎

    • wale

      November 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Bisi, that is why we want to use force to beat the spirit of Gay out of you….

    • californiabawlar

      November 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      I really don’t know how people read your comments…phew!!

  3. LemmeRant

    November 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    And look at where change has gotten us……

  4. tee

    November 23, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    . Hello Bisi, “NO” to your ambition, we don’t want pampers wearing adult as our president.
    Gay is illegal in Nigeria, please you are not welcome here, remain in UK and contest to be their president.
    Leave us in Naija to face our issues, after all, you never see anything good in Niaja that is why you turn overnight gay claiming some group of people are after your life, coward and low life human being like you idiot! Attention seeker oshi.

    • Dams

      November 23, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      LMAO. Damn

  5. nameoh

    November 23, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Bisi is a joker. Practice politics in nigeria? hian!

  6. Otinkpu

    November 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I thought he fled for his life and sought asylum in the UK. The fact that he is now documented should not change the situation. Are the people that caused him to flee no longer in Nigeria?

  7. Wow

    November 23, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Knowing that being married as a gay person in Nigeria is a crime but wanting to run for politocal office anyway?

    Dude wants the prison term, matyrdom and iconic status so badly doesn’t he? What a narcissistic attention seeker!

    • Wow

      November 23, 2016 at 6:34 pm


  8. Heartminders

    November 23, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Lol…..this Bisi Alimi is just a little rascal!

  9. Esther the real Nigerian

    November 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm


  10. ify

    November 23, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    what i don’t get is how we worship white man culture but spit on our own culture that’s why they don’t respect our culture. you want to come to naija and change our culture and law but isn’t it in same america that ppl get arrested for polygamy do u see us Africans complaining about it of course not even when we go to america we will respect their laws and marry just one wife but when they role is reverse is different. if u are gonna move/ live in america and respect their laws and culture i expect u to do same when u come to my country Nigerian end of story

  11. ChiChi

    November 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    This one na Packaged Bobrisky

  12. Mr x

    November 23, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Truth be told. Till we place value on human lives,enable a society where everyone has a chance we are not ready for change. We need progressive leadership in Nigeria. The old ways wont lead us anywhere. As for ogbeni bisi know the law in Nigeria. Its 14years. Dont say they didn’t tell you.

  13. Pissed

    November 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Everytime i see gay people making headlines, i am alwayz left wonderinf if in the begining God created Adam and Bisi or Adam and Bobrisky..seriously wtf is wrong with all you homos, yet you still have mouth to talk shii..

  14. Snow White

    November 24, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Hmmm sexuality aside, if you want to make a change, I don’t know if I’d start with politics. Especially when you’re running with seasoned politicians. Be the change you want to see – people follow progress, not words.

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