Full Name
Bisi Alimi
Job Title
Founder, Business and Executive Coach, and DEI Specialist
Bisi Alimi Consultancy
Speaker Bio
Bisi Alimi is a Nigerian LGBTQ+ activist, public speaker, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, a non-profit organisation that advocates for the rights of LGBTQ+ people in Nigeria and around the world.

In addition to his advocacy work, Bisi is also a successful business owner. He is the founder and CEO of Zihone Consulting. A consulting firm that specialises in diversity and inclusion training for businesses. Zihone, Bisi works with companies to create more inclusive workplaces and to develop strategies for attracting and retaining diverse talent.

In 2004, he came out as gay on national television in Nigeria, making him the first-ever Nigerian LGBT person to do so.

Bisi Alimi was a visiting lecturer at Freie University and Humboldt University in Berlin, where he taught “Pre and Post-Colonial Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Africa”.

As a writer, Bisi has written many controversial opinion pieces, including; “Men can't be Feminist”, “I am no longer talking to Black Africans about Race”, “Why It’s So Dangerous To Pretend That Racism Doesn’t Exist” and many others.

“The Development Cost of Homophobia” is his most successful article, translated into over 15 languages globally. Finally, His article for the Guardian: “If you say being gay is not African, you don’t know your history”, has amassed great reviews and is cited in many news articles and journals globally.

He has appeared on international TV stations as a social and political pundit, including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and CCTV, and outlets like NPR and the Washington Post have profiled him.

His TEDx talk, “There should never be another Ibrahim”, has been listed as one of the 14 most inspiring QUEER TED talks of all time. Alimi gave the closing speech at the Daily Beast event hosted at the New York Public Library titled, “I am Bisi Alimi, and I am not a victim.”

Alimi's courage and dedication to promoting equality and social justice have earned him numerous accolades, including recognition as one of the "100 Most Influential LGBT+ People in the World" by The Guardian. In 2014, he was named one of the "50 most powerful gay people in Britain" by The Independent.
Bisi Alimi