Foremost Gay Rights Activist, Bisi Alimi speaks to Nigerian writer Elnathan John in an exclusive interview

Published:9 Jan, 2013


BISI ALIMI TALKS TO ELNATHAN

In the second interview of the series, Bisi Alimi, a prolific human rights campaigner talks to Elnathan about his life and work. He started his advocacy work at the height of the HIV epidemic within the Nigerian MSM community in the late 90s. He worked as Program Director for the country’s foremost MSM organization “The Alliance Rights Nigeria.”

In 2004, Bisi became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on National Television, and that incident caused a turning point in the discussion on sex and sexuality in Nigeria. The same year he became the first openly gay man in Nigeria to address the National AIDS conference in Abuja.

In July this year, he was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama for his work with Black Gay men in Europe and was listed number 90 on theIndependent on Sunday’s most influential LGBT in the UK 2012.
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Elnathan John: Thank you for agreeing to talk to me Bisi.

Bisi Alimi: It’s a pleasure.

Elnathan John: In 2004, on Funmi Iyanda’s show, New Dawnyou became the first Nigerian to openly declare his sexuality on National Television. How did you get on the show?

Bisi Alimi:It was my own way of being a rebel, but more importantly of making sure that people understand there are two sides to a story. I got in touch with Funmi after [Olusegun] Obasanjo in 2004 made the comment that there are no “homosexuals” in Nigeria. I felt that I either had to keep quiet and forever hold my rage, or speak up, and start a conversation on human sexuality in Nigeria. So I got in touch with the program and told them I want to talk about the issue. But after they agreed, I got really scared and was not ready to go on. After months of talking and all I went on the show. Also I wanted it to be Funmi Iyanda I will be speaking to. I had watched New Dawn all my life, and if there was any show on Nigeria television that was ready for such conversation, it was New Dawn.

Elnathan John: Prior to this time, did your family know you were gay?

Bisi Alimi: Yes and No. They knew I had certain feelings for guys and had seen me in compromising positions with guys. They had also seen my friends. But they didn’t understand what was happening as much as I did not. Also they hardly saw me with girls. I did have girlfriends- they were just friends.

I remember my mum always saying, “Whatever you are doing that god is not happy with stop doing it.” Also I never knew what I was doing had a name; I never really knew there were people all over the world like me. To me I was just this weird and confused young man with alien feelings.

Elnathan John: Interesting. So did you first come out to your family or on the show?

Bisi Alimi: I came out to everyone I knew and who knew me the same time I came out to everyone who knew nothing about me; I first came out publicly on the show.

Elnathan John: How did your family react?

Bisi Alimi: It was crazy! Unlike other New Dawnshows, the show was not actually live. So I was watching it the same time everyone in Nigeria was watching; at same time my mum was watching it at work, my dad at home and my brother at work. My family were actually big fans of New Dawn. Just mid way into the show I got a call from my mum crying. Apparently, she had watched the show with her colleagues at work and there I was, her son on TV, saying I am gay.

My dad was also at home with his friends. It was really a bad time for me. I think it was the shock of the moment that made them get really mad at me. I was called to the family house and told off. Furthermore, they agreed that it would be best if I didn’t come to the family house anymore and that they wouldn’t have anything to do with me. It was pretty crazy time for everyone. But I look back and I wouldn’t change anything if I had to do it again.

Elnathan John: Did you worry for your safety?

Bisi Alimi: Yes, I was worried for my safety. But prior to that time, my safety had already been compromised when my university students’ union published a story about me. Before that I was indicted in a case I knew nothing about. The only evidence against me was that my friend then was gay.

Elnathan John: Did you think you would get the kind of reaction you got from friends and family?

Bisi Alimi: As for the reactions, I was not really surprised by my family’s, though I was not expecting such rude shock. But it was not really surprising and to be honest, my childhood and relationship within my family had kind of prepared me for the worst in life.

What was really shocking, though, was the reaction from the gay community in Nigeria. Many accused me of seeking fame, many of my friends stopped talking to me. But in all the madness, the only person who stood by me was my best friend who is straight. He would call me and tell me he was there for me if I wanted to talk. It was really shocking but amazing at the same time.

Elnathan John: So you mentioned your childhood preparing you for the worst. Could you expatiate?

Bisi Alimi: I was not the favorite child. We were just two boys from my mum. My older brother and I. So I grew up in childhood rivalry. It was a battle I could never win. He was loved by everyone and I was not. My survival tactics was to put all my energy into my studies. I spent most of my childhood either fighting him and getting punished or just all alone. Also this experience helped me learn to stand up for myself. I reached into my inner self. The reason I don’t take shit from anyone is that I came to a conclusion in my life that the most important person to me in this world is me:If I am happy and fulfilled then I will be able to make others happy and fulfilled. I question things a lot and I am very stubborn. You can never make me do things I don’t want to do. So when I went to New Dawn, it was about me. I was not thinking of my family. When the hostility came however, I reached out to my inner self, I reached out to those painful childhood memories and I found succor in them- I found the courage to tell everyone to “fuck off”.

Elnathan John: So wasn’t your coming out publicly selfish and insensitive to your family?

Bisi Alimi: People have a right to say what they want to say. I have learnt to be responsible to myself. I am sure the same people would accuse me if after many years of lying I married a woman and had children, then got outed by the press. I don’t live a lie. I refuse to live my life for others. I came out because I needed to fight the demons inside me. I came out because I needed to give a face to the truth and challenge the lies. It doesn’t matter who did the coming out. It could have been someone else and people would have said the same thing. I really don’t care what people think. I also think I owe my family the sincerity of who I am as I owe it to many young people in Nigeria struggling with their sexuality to tell them they are not alone.

Elnathan John: How did you move to the UK?

Bisi Alimi: My coming to the UK was not deliberate. I never even thought I would ever find myself here. It was just a matter of fate. In 2006, I was introduced to an organisation here in the UK through a very good friend of mine. It was an HIV organisation. After few months of exchanging emails, I was invited to the UK to attend the CHAPS conference. (That’s UK gay men conference). It was really liberating for me to be with all these gay people from all over the world. I could not hide my excitement. As part of my trip I was invited as the guest of BBC on “BBC Network Africa”. I will say that I used the platform to raise the issues of HIV, continuous criminalisation of same sex behavior and relationships and lack of sexual health programs for men who have sex with men.

Well with that I got under the skin of Baba Iyabo* and his cohorts in Abuja. On arrival I was arrested and detained at the airport. After a few hours I was allowed to go and then got picked up again few days later. Between March and April when I left, my life was hell. But the catalyst for my leaving was on the 9th of April 2007 when my house was broken into. I was tied up with my then boyfriend, beaten and almost killed. All my things were taken including my passport. I escaped and as fate will have it, they could not move with all the things they had taken as I raised alarm before they could go too far.?

It’s important that I state here that after the coming out drama in 2004, my family really struggled. Mostly my mum, and though she wouldn’t forgive what I did and who I claimed I was, she still reached out to me. It was through her help and that of my older brother that I was able to raise money and I had to run away. That was the only option I had left if I still wanted to remain alive.???

Elnathan John: You have struggled with depression. Tell me about it.

Bisi Alimi: Ummm…I hardly talk about it. There any many things in my life I don’t talk about. It took me over 7 years to be able to start talking about my HIV status. I feel so very afraid wanting to talk about my depression because in Nigeria depression equates to “madness” and/or being possessed and i know I am not this.

Throughout my childhood I spent most of my time either alone or fighting my big brother. Growing up I had to struggle with being different. It was even harder than having to fight my brother or for our parents’ attention. Throughout secondary school and university I constantly put myself under pressure to be better than I was the night before. This was driving me to the edge.

After coming out, getting a job and a life was really hard. I could not get a job as everyone has seen my face on TV. It was really hard. I had no money. I was practically living off friends. To pay my rent was really hard. All the while there was no support. Though I have not been diagnosed, I won’t be surprised if I am bipolar. There are days in my life I just get over excited about things, happy and out there and there are days I spend all my times at home, blinds closed and I just cry.

When I came to UK, I met a great guy who gave me a chance to love and be loved and just 7 months into the relationship he died. At that point I knew I could not deal with it anymore. I started self harm, over dosing and attempting suicide. I remembered the day after his burial waking up in a mental home all tied up. It was really scary. I was losing my mind and though I know this is not me, I know that I have become the result of other peoples hate and discrimination, I could not help myself. It was really hard. However, through all this period, I refused to take anti-depressants. I refused counseling at some point- I knew that the only person who can help me is me.

I still have my days, I still feel on the edge but I am better off. I feel that we can start a conversation around mental health in Nigeria. I wish I can let people in Nigeria know that people that have mental health issues need support. Many times it’s all about someone saying it’s going to be okay, someone saying‘I have traveled that road before’. I am happy now that I have good friends and I will say I am one lucky person with over 7 mentors. My boyfriend is also an angel. I wonder what my life would have been without him and all my mentors.

Elnathan John: What would you say is the greatest challenge to a gay person?

Bisi Alimi: There are many of them and to be honest they are all great. Everyone wants and longs for love, from family most importantly and from people whom you love. If the issue of love is resolved, I know others will fit in well as seen in Western countries. There are also the issues of health. Mental health links seriously with sexual health and rights. All these issues are really interconnected. I have seen in the lives of my friends who are loved by their families, they are happier and more fulfilled. They have good control of all areas of their lives. Even the meanest person in the world will change in the face of love. Love does not speak the language of ‘understand’ or ‘tolerate’. Love speaks the language of compassion and inclusion. Hate is the only thing that is selfish and self-centered. It is very destructive.

Elnathan John: Some people say, we don’t hate gay people, we just want them to stay out of our faces and business- we don’t want to know what they are doing.

Bisi Alimi: Haha… I have heard that many times. And the question is who really is getting into other people’s business? The moment we are so concerned to think for others, choose the way other people should live their lives, what is right and what is wrong, then we are putting ourselves in the position of authority. In that case the other person being oppressed will react. It depends on what people mean by “in our face” or “our business”. Straight people kiss and hold hands all the time – that is purely in my face. They tell me who I should have sex with, when I should have sex and how I should have sex – that’s being in my business. They dictate how I should love, who I should love, how I should dress, which god to serve. But the moment you refuse to be told how to do your business, people scream you are putting things in their faces. It’s just pure hypocrisy.

Elnathan John: What do you think about having children?

Bisi Alimi: I really want to have children. I am so looking forward to it and my boyfriend and I are working towards that for now. We are not ready to live together yet and I am so occupied with work. I travel a lot with my work and my boyfriend is also very busy. We think it is not fair to have children when we can’t give him/her 100% of our time. So I am sure with time and good financial base, we will have our children. We are hoping for two as my boyfriend is against having just one child. So we shall see and when it happens I will let you know.

Elnathan John: What do you say to those who say, because you are gay, you have given up the right to have children, or that kids shouldn’t be exposed to homosexuality?

Bisi Alimi: The argument that gay people should not have children comes from the myth that gay people are paedophiles. This bogus claim is false and it has been proved as such. It is an argument used by people who cannot take their brain on an intellectual journey. Also there is the belief that if gay people have children they will make their children gay. Hello, I was raised by straight parents and I am gay! Is that not enough proof that these are lame excuses?
Children are constantly exposed to domestic violence, to anger and parents fighting. Children are regularly molested in our society by the so called accepted straight couples. The point people should is know is that L[esbian] G[ay] B[isexual] T[ranssexual] people are human beings and that means we will have the good, the bad and the ugly just as much as we have in straight people. And the whole notion that being gay makes you more of a devil is nothing but religious propaganda.
The status quo knows that the moment you use the “children” agenda people will get on board, but it is ok as long as it is not the child abuse they do like; child marriage, child labour and child poverty and refusing to educate girl children in 2012.
I am happy to be living in a country where adoption is open to all irrespective of marital status, gender or sexual orientation. There is more proof coming from the West that LGBT people make better parents. I just wish Nigeria and African can stop being the laughing object of other people and wake up to 21st century.

Elnathan John: What do you think of the anti same -sex marriage bill?

Bisi Alimi: It’s a shame we have this bill in Nigeria. What really pains me is that many Nigerian people do not know that this bill has become political machinery for the political class to play on the innocence of the people. Why is it that the bill always comes up during elections? Also I have realised that many Nigerians do not know what really the bill says and what it means. The bill will take Nigeria to the situation we had in Nazi Germany. The bill states that, if you know someone who is gay and you do not report to the State, you will be jailed as well. It doesn’t matter if that person is your sister/brother, son/daughter, or uncle/aunt.
This is a very dangerous thing. I wish that the Nigerian people could stand up and speak against this bill. It is a collaboration between the state and religion to keep Nigeria in total darkness.
I love Nigeria so much and I hope that as the most populous black nation in the world, she will take her place and lead on the issue of equal opportunity that will focus on protecting the rights of vulnerable groups including women, girl children, the physically challenged and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
Many a time, I worry for young people in Nigeria who are struggling with their sexuality and constantly being bullied at school, punished and shouted at at home by their parents and told every Sunday by the pastors or on Friday by the imam that they will end up in hell.
Those young people just want someone to tell them they are not alone and that there is nothing wrong with them. I want to see a Nigeria where preservation of fundamental human rights is the principle of our humanity. Where the state is separate from religion and where there is faith in governance. I am sure it is not too much to ask.

Elnathan John: Do you miss home?

Bisi Alimi: Yes I really do miss Nigeria. I even miss Mushin more. I remember my childhood experience growing up in Mushin- those were the days. Since I left Nigeria I have had great opportunities in life to go to places I would never have thought of. I have met people I would never have thought I would meet.

Bisi and Elio di Rupo (current Prime Minister of Belgium)
In July I was invited to the White House to meet President Obama. In 2010, I had the chance to meet the man that became Belgian Prime Minster. I have met some powerful men and women in the world.
In the midst of all these experiences, I missed home so much. I missed the rough fast lane of Mushin and Lagos. Can you imagine, for almost 6 years I have not been on Okada?

Elnathan John: So, what are you up to these days?

Bisi Alimi: I run a small consultancy firm in London. After over 10 years working in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, I can stop working for someone take a lead in research, policy and lobbying as well.
As for advocacy, I am putting my energy into raising awareness about the increasing intolerance towards LGBT people in Africa. If and when I have the opportunities, I discuss this with world leaders and also with African leaders themselves. I also use my advocacy work to promote the sexual and reproductive health and right of Black gay men in Europe. This is something I am very passionate about. Importantly in the areas of HIV and cancer.
And when I am not doing this, I am either at home playing Mario Kart on my Wii, watching Family Guy, playing Angry Birds on my iPad or just relaxing with a bottle of wine with my boyfriend having a nice evening. He mostly serves as my neutralizer. After all the travelling and stress of it, you just want to come back home into the arms of someone that truly loves you. His arms are my safe place in the world.

Elnathan John: Thank you for talking with me Bisi.

Bisi Alimi: You’re welcome

*Olusegun Obasanjo

Source: http://elnathanjohn.blogspot.com/2012/11/bisi-alimi-talks-to-elnathan.html | www.elnathanjohn.blogspot.com

  • Dence

    You better remain there….you gay deceive yourselves. If you are realistic and you think nature supports you both of you should make babies without adopting some else’s child or looking for an egg donor. Animals!!!!!!!!

  • Churis

    Bisi you are a shame to your family, community, Nigeria and Africa as a whole. You know what? You are just a beast….wild beast. People like you have hotspot in hell if you do not repent. Jesus loves you….repent before is late. You were possibly looking for fame and recognition. Meeting Obama is probably your highest achievement in life.

  • Justus

    If I see you in Nigeria, I will personally strangle you to death and report myself to the police and nothing will come out of it.

  • Ade Samuel

    Cases like this only shows dat majority of d pple dat find themselves in such situations are definitely depressed & most likely they had a very terrible upbringing!

  • Sly

    All of you are dence assholes who will probably end up dead in some gutter. You’re so fake! I can hear your hate and trust me its crappy! I pray God forgives you all! Bisi is an inspiration! Did ??µ know that those people making that bill are gay,bisexual, and/or bi-curious? I bet you didn’t. Stop being utterly stupid and get with the program. Gay people are here to stay! And no matter how much you beat us down, we will always be here.

  • Muneer Maisaje

    These things are surely signs of end time, there ia cause for almost everything, to parents its utterly bad to show you love one of your children than the other, this happens in morethan half of households but the degree to wich it happens differ, it really causes a lot of depression and it will affect the emotions and overall performance of a child when he finds out he is not loved theway his brother is, i have seen many cases like this, but U Bisi this is not enough reason to behave like this, May God guide u to the right path.

  • chillysauce

    From d passage, does it mean Bisi is HIV positive?will google him. Must be tough coming out. I’m never coming out

  • temitope

    Its sad that a lot of times, Nigerians tend to give shallow thoughts and remarks on dire issues. For everyone playing God here, if you read the scriptures to a good point of understanding, you will find a place where a woman was named a whore and brought to Jesus.He asked for any amongst the accusers that was without sin and there was None. That said, it is very clear to us from this interview that parents have a huge role to play in the shaping of children’s lives.we all don’t ve to be parents if we can not commit our time and selves to their upbringing. A child who gets adequate love at home will reflect it outside and not go searching for it in the wrong hands. I know the heavenly Father will bless and keep you Bisi.He will help you to find a true path if you haven’t already.afterall, we do not know how God arrives at His decisions neither do we know that which He ll judge us for.For all we know, we may all be wrong save for the atonement.

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PDP is still very much at it with APC and shamefully we must say we love the ‘fight’. Lol. Please read what the party has to say about the president’s visit to the US. Culled from Punch; Precisely 59 days after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed power, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday listed many ‘sins’ the Federal Government under the President had committed and said Buhari’s government lacked direction. Among the sins of...

Reality Star Coco Austin Is Expecting Her First Child With Ice T

Glamour model Coco Austin is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband of 15 years, Ice-T. Ice-T already has 2 kids from a previous relationship and a 20-year-old grandson, but Coco always wanted a kid and her prayers have been answered after 12 years of marriage. No word yet on how far along she is or the gender of the baby. Congrats to the couple.

President Buhari To Split NNPC Into Two Entities

President Muhammadu Buhari plans to split Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into two entities, his spokesman said. He has said his government will trace and recover what he called "mind-boggling" sums of money stolen from the oil sector. "Mr President will soon split the NNPC into two entities. One will be an independent regulator and the other one an investor vehicle," said spokesman Femi Adesina, who did not a provide a timeframe for...

NUC: Online Degrees Accreditation By Sadiq Abubakar Gulma

The National Universities Commission (NUC) recently announced Nigeria will not be accepting online degrees, “yet”. Unfortunately there wasn't much reason given as to why they took the stance and nothing was mentioned of what they are doing to start ensuring Nigeria accepts it. Highly reputable schools around the world like University of Manchester, University of Florida, University of Liverpool, University of Birmingham and many others are offering quality online education that leads to students obtaining bachelor’s and...

Gigantic Statue Of Satan Erected Amid Protests (PHOTOS)

Hundreds of people attended Mass at a Detroit Catholic Church in protest of an 8.5-foot bronze statue of goat-headed Satan that hundreds came to see.  A group called the Satanic Temple unveiled the Baphomet statue during a private event on in a Detroit industrial building on Saturday, which people could attend starting at $25 dollars a ticket. https://twitter.com/_Beard_Life/status/625165391690661888/photo/1 Its location was kept secret by the group until the last minute to avoid public demonstrations planned for its unveiling....

Bobbi Kristina’s Boyfriend Nick Gordon ‘On Suicide Watch

Bobbi Kristina's longtime boyfriend Nick Gordon has been placed on 'suicide watch' by close family and friends who fear he'll take his own life now she's passed away. HollywoodLife.com exclusively reported Sunday night that Gordon, 25, is inconsolable over the death of the 22-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. 'He is out of control with regret and sadness. He keeps saying that if only had heard his voice, things would have been different....

‘He Knows She’s With Her Mother’- Say’s Bobby Brown

It was a painfully sad Sunday for Bobby Brown. The singer spent the morning sharing the news of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown's death, age 22, with relatives and friends before the family released the news to the world. 'He is holding it together more than you'd expect,' a source told People of the grieving 46-year-old. 'He knew it was coming. Of course he's very emotional, but at the same time, he knows that Krissy is...

Kanye West Meets Caitlyn Jenner For The First Time

Kim Kardashian told Caitlyn Jenner she looked like 'Kendall's mom' the first time she met her following gender transition. The 34-year-old reality star was shocked by how thin her 65-year-old former stepfather looked on the debut episode of I Am Cait. Kim made the comment when she and her rapper husband Kanye West called in on the transgender celebrity at her Calabasas home. The...

Kylie Jenner Shows Off Her Legs In A Shorts Suit And Killer Heels

She did not exactly look the part of the average grease monkey, but Kylie Jenner still managed to fill up her car's gas tank on Sunday. The 17-year-old reality star seemed to be travelling on her own when she needed to make a pit stop for fuel in the Studio City neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Wearing clothes appropriate to meet her family for a play later, Kylie was clearly overdressed for a gas station. Kylie had her credit card in hand as...

What Obama Is Selling In Ethiopia

Barack Obama on Monday officially begins a two-day visit to Ethiopia, the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa's second-most populous nation and the seat of the African Union. Obama, who flew into a rainy Addis Ababa late on Sunday after a landmark trip to Kenya, his father's birthplace, is to hold talks with the Ethiopian government, a key strategic ally but much criticised for its record on democracy and human rights.

No Governor Got Bailout For Workers’ Salaries – Oshiomhole

Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that none of the 36 state governors had received his state’s share of the N713.7bn bailout fund from the Federal Government. The fund is a relief to cash-strapped states, many of which owe workers salaries. Oshiomhole, who disclosed this to journalists shortly after a reception in honour of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, at Sabongida Ora, in Owan West Local Government Area of the state on...

Why I Am Keeping Quiet — Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has opted to remain silent despite the barrage of questions requiring answers from him by not just newsmen, but Nigerians in general on his handling of the nation’s affairs. Jonathan said he will, for now, rather remain silent. According to his spokesperson while in office, Dr Reuben Abati, the former president has asked him to tell those seeking to speak with him, especially newsmen that he is resting. In an...

No Peace Yet Until Dogara Cuts PDP Ties — APC Group

Some members of the All Progressives Congress’ faction in the House of Representatives known as the Loyalists Group on Sunday denied that the leadership tussle in the legislature was over, contrary to Saturday’s public announcement by key figures of the group. Rather, the lawmakers said there could only be “genuine agreement” on how to achieve peace in the House if the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, would sever his “unholy ties” with the Peoples Democratic Party members...

PDP Statements Sounds Like A Compendium Of Beer Parlor Gossips And Side Talks – APC

In response to the press release of the PDP on Sunday, APC has hit back at the opposition. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the PDP as a party cannot provide any worthwhile opposition to the APC-led Federal Government if its spokesman continues to issue convoluted and fustian statements just so that he can be in the news. Today’s statement is the most tortuous yet by the PDP and, honestly, sounds more like a...

Snoop Dogg Arrested In Sweden!

Snoop was arrested in Sweden and he thinks his offense was DWB .. Driving While Black. Snoop says he was snatched out of his car Saturday and it was a clear case of racial profiling. Cops say they arrested Snoop because they thought he was driving under the influence of narcotics, but Snoop says he was taken to the station, forced to pee in a cup and police determined he was clean. The incident occurred...

Soyinka Is More Of A Successful Hunter Than A Political Critic- Obasanjo Re Echoes Opinion

Former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has repeated once again that Professor Wole Soyinka is more of a successful aparo (guinea fowl) hunter than a political critic. He repeated it on a programme tagged ‘Book Club’ on Channels. It will be recalled that in his book, My Watch, the former president had said; “For Wole, no one can be good, nor can anything be spot-on politically except that which emanates from him or is ordained...

Senate rule forgery: Buhari won’t stop trial of suspects – Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari would not stop the prosecution of anybody indicted in the report of the Nigeria Police on the forgery of the Senate Standing Order. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this on Sunday in an exclusive interview with one...

Bobbi Kristina Is Dead!

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina has died at the age of 22. She passed away outside Atlanta in the hospice care facility where she's been since June 24 ... when her family decided to take her off all meds. As we first reported, a specialist had told them there was no chance of recovery. The family says Bobbi Kristina was surrounded by family and, "She is finally at peace in the arms of God." Bobbi Kristina...

Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina dies at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of late superstar Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, died Sunday at the age of 22. According to a statement released by a representative of the Houston family, “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away Sunday, July, 26 2015, surrounded...

Ebola: University Of Ilorin To Develop Ebola Vaccine

Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali says the school’s Ebola Research Committee is working assiduously to develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus. “What is happening is that the committee is just monitoring events; in terms of the vaccine, it will take a while because there are processes that you have to follow before you develop a vaccine,” Ambali disclosed in an interview on Sunday in Abuja. “For example, you have to isolate the virus;...

DSS Probe Of Rivers REC In Order – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has thrown its weight behind the current probe of the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mrs. Gesila Khan, by the Department of State Security (DSS). The party in a statement by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, berated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for seeking to stop the DSS from carrying out its constitutional duties because of its well-known dalliance with Mrs. Khan. “By petitioning...

Register For Media Training Sessions At #Springboard2015 Lagos Edition

Courses include: Photography (Kelechi Amadi Obi), Videography & Lighting (Kemi Adetiba), Digital Media (Marcus Singleton), Social Media (Olaolu Ogundeji), Media Enterprise (Olajide Adediran) and Media Law (Genevieve Ike). Date: Monday 27th – Friday 31st July 2015. Venue: LCCI Conference Centre, 10, Nurudeen Olowopo Drive, Beside MKO Abiola Gardens,...

Official: Manchester United Make 5th Signing Of The Transfer Window

Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero. The Argentina international goalkeeper has signed a three-year contract, with the option of a fourth season, after leaving Sampdoria earlier this summer The 28-year-old joins United on a free transfer after leaving Sampdoria earlier this summer and has signed a three-year contract with the option of a fourth season. “I am absolutely delighted to...

‘Man Utd Need A Superstar… But It Won’t Be Ronaldo’ – Van Gaal

The Real Madrid superstar has been heavily linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent weeks but the Dutchman says such a swoop is unlikely, while seeking a 'creative' player   Louis van Gaal says Manchester United need to sign a world-class "creative" player, but insists that Cristiano Ronaldo will not join...

King Sunny Ade Set To Launch Radio Station

King Sunny Ade, popularly known as KSA is set to float a radio station. The radio station which has been under works for years now will start transmission before the end of the year. According to him, the station will be the first music and culture station in Nigeria. It has also been named M&C (Music and Culture) Station. When asked why the commencement of the radio station took so long, the musician said; Whatever is...

INEC National Commissioner, Professor Akinola Salau Dies At 67

 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner representing South West, Professor Muritala Akinola Salau, is dead! Salau, aged 67, a former Vice Chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Oyo State, died at Turkish Hospital in Abuja during a brief illness on Saturday and was buried according to Islamic rites at the...

Jennifer Lopez Celebrates 46th Birthday With Her Boyfriend, Casper Smart (Photos)

Singer Jennifer Lopez who turned 46 on Friday rocked a cut-out and see-through dress to celebrate on Saturday night with friends at 1OAK in Southampton, New York. J.Lo was spotted holding on tightly to her boyfriend, Casper Smart's hand at the event.

Big Brother Africa 2015 Cancelled!

This year's edition of popular annual reality TV show, Big Brother Africa (BBA), has allegedly been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship as the organizers of the show, Africa Magic and Endemol were unable to get sponsorship for this year’s edition of the show. Anne Sackey, the Manager of Multichoice Ghana,...

Register For Media Training Sessions At #Springboard2015 Lagos Edition

Courses include: Photography (Kelechi Amadi Obi), Videography & Lighting (Kemi Adetiba), Digital Media (Marcus Singleton), Social Media (Olaolu Ogundeji), Media Enterprise (Olajide Adediran) and Media Law (Genevieve Ike). Date: Monday 27th - Friday 31st July 2015. Venue: LCCI Conference Centre, 10, Nurudeen Olowopo Drive, Beside MKO Abiola Gardens, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos Fee: N60,000...

Lessons Buhari Must Learn from Jonathan – Olu Wole Onemola

“I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn't, then why would you say I am… In the paper, the news, everyday I am…” - Eminem On the 1st of October 2010, while the former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, was inspecting a military parade in commemoration of Nigeria’s 50th independence anniversary, a bomb went off less than one kilometer away from the venue of...

Actor Jnr Pope And Wife Mark First Wedding Anniversary

Nollywood Actor Junior Pope Odowondo and his wife, Jennifer celebrate their first wedding anniversary today, 26th July, 2015.

Car bomb in Turkey kills 2, country steps up anti-terrorism efforts

A car bomb exploded Sunday in southeastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding four other people, officials said. The attack was launched when a vehicle carrying security personnel was ambushed on its way to an emergency call, the Diyarbakir provincial office said.

The Phones No Longer Ring – Dr. Reuben Abati (Complete Text)

As spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, my phones rang endlessly and became more than personal navigators within the social space. They defined my entire life; dusk to dawn, all year-round. The phones buzzed non-stop, my email was permanently active; my twitter account received tons of messages per second.  The worst moments were those days when there was a Boko Haram attack virtually every Sunday.      The intrusion into my private life was total as my wife...

CNBC Africa Finally Apologizes to Oby Ezekwesili After Being Unnecessarily Arrogant

CNBC Africa an African television network for Sub-Saharan Africa, launched by CBCN and Africa Business News LTD goofed by referring to Mrs. Arunma Oteh as the first African Woman Vice President of the World Bank. Oby Ezekwesili light-heartedly responded to CNBC Africa’s tweet saying “Google is a friend!”

Kim Kardashian shows off baby bump in see-through jumpsuit

The pregnant reality star put her growing bump on full display in a see-through jumpsuit for an event in Los Angeles yesterday, flanked by her husband.  

EFCC To Probe Amnesty Programme; Summons Kuku, Jonathan’ s

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun probing the activities of the Presidential Amnesty Programme and has invited immediate past Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, for questioning on July 28. On his part,...

Barack Obama Lays Wreath At The US Embassy Bombing Memorial

US President Barack Obama on Saturday laid a wreath at the Kenyan capital’s Memorial Park in memory of those killed in the 1998 embassy bombing. He placed the wreath on a holder in front of a wall engraved with the names of the dead and stood for a moment in silence. Around a dozen survivors and National Security Advisor Susan Rice also attended. The scene was quiet except for the sound of a fountain just behind Obama and the distant sound of...

Gov. Aregbesola Explains Why He Can’t Pay State Workers’ Salaries

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has once again blamed the failure of his administration to pay workers salaries as at when on the drop in allocations to the state from the Federation Account. Aregbesola said this Friday night during a chat with newsmen on the sidelines of an award to him for service to humanity by Voice of African Women for Human Dignity, an NGO. The award was presented to Aregbesola at Asokoro, Abuja.

Chlorine gas explosion kills 8, injures 101 in Jos

At least eight people have been confirmed dead and 101 others injured following a chemical explosion at the Plateau Water Board treatment plant in Jos, Plateau state capital Saturday morning. Police Public Relations Officer DSP Emmanuel Abu confirmed, according to him, the incident was as a result of chlorine gas explosion from a treatment plant at Water Board. He said a number of persons had been injured in the explosion and were presently receiving treatment at the Plateau Specialist Hospital. “Our anti-bomb...

Nigeria Marks Polio-free Year, Set To Land Certification In 2017

Nigeria marks exactly one year since the last case of polio was recorded in Nigeria. The last reported case was on 24 July, 2014, when a 16-month-old boy from Sumaila local government area of Kano state presented with polio related symptoms. Nigeria is therefore one step closer to achieving the goal of eradicating polio in 2017, and if all pending laboratory investigations return negative in the next few weeks, Nigeria will officially be taken off the list of polio-endemic countries. However, Nigeria...

PDM National Chairman, Bashir Ibrahim, Emerges IPAC Chairman

Bashir Ibrahim, the National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), has emerged the National Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC). Ibrahim polled 14 votes to defeat his closest rival Mr Peter Ameh, the outgoing National Secretary of IPAC, who polled 13 votes in an election conducted on Friday at the INEC National Headquarters in Abuja. In his acceptance speech, Ibrahim promised to build a strong, influential and credible organization similar to other IPACs all over the world. “I will do my best...

What Joda-led Transition Committee Wants Buhari To do Within 60 days In Office

The Ahmed Joda transition committee has outlined a list of prompt, medium and long-term decisions President Muhammadu Buhari must take, or authorise, within 30, 45, 60 and 90 days of taking office, to create immediate impact, reduce government liability, increase revenue and stabilise the polity.

DJ Cuppy Shows Off The Love Of Her Life

DJ Cuppy on Saturday showed off the love of her life and new baby on Instagram. At least she has a new pet to play around with Credit: Instagram

Suarez’s the best player I’ve played with – Gerrard

Ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, in a recent interview with fcbarcelona.com has disclosed that he believes Barça are ‘probably the best team on the planet right now’ He made this assertion 

NASS crisis: Pressure mounts on Lasun to step down

The APC is said to be mounting pressure on the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, to step down to allow another zone other than the South-West occupy the position. A step taken as part of the options being considered to end the leadership crisis in the House of Representatives. According to Punch reportage, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; his deputy Lasun and the Governor...

Don’t intimidate us with EFCC, PDP senators warn FG

PDP Senators have warned the Federal Government against intimidating them with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), vowing to resist such attempt. A statement on Friday by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, on behalf of PDP Like Mind Senators read, “As much as we are not against the anti-corruption agencies performing their statutory duties, the invitation by...

Buhari to split NNPC into two …Plans fresh bid round for oil blocks

Muhammadu Buhari has finally revealed what will be the fate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, saying the national oil company will be divided into two successor entities under his administration. The President, who stated this in an interview with journalists in Washington DC during a four-day visit to the United States, an extract...

New Music Video: Coffee Ft. Wande Coal – Wata Gbemu

Coffee is a British-Nigerian soul and Afro-pop singer, who just release a new video “Wata Gbemu” he featured Wande Coal in this music video. Produced by HKN’s Josh Beatz, Directed by Edith. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov8LFNM3H8s Credit: Coffee Music

11 Generals Retire From The Nigerian Army

Eleven generals of the Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps in Lagos State were on Friday pulled out of service. NAN reports that the officers were eight Major-Generals and 3 Brigadier-Generals who retired between 2013 and 2015. The Major-Generals includes Manhood Yerima, Abiodun Amao, Olayemi Abidoye, Boniface Azurunwa, Adekunle Martin’s, Christian Ugwu, Bode Ogini and Mashudy Adekanye. The Brigadier-Generals are Kachallah, Godfrey Nwafor and Gabriel Oladipo. In a valedictory speech, Maj.-Gen. Manhood Yerima, former Chief of Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, expressed appreciation for the...

New Music Video: D’banj Ft. Ice Prince – Salute

The official video Salute is out! D’bang teamed up with Ice Prince Zamani for this lovely video. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRtqHhGnmVI Credit: D'banj Records 

Obama Visits Family In Kenya (Photos)

The president of the United States of America, Barrack Obama, on Friday arrived Kenya, his native home amidst cheers and excitement. Said to be the first sitting US president to visit Kenya, President Obama had a sweet family reunion with the Kenyans, especially with his half-sister...

Nigerian Man Allegedly Tortured To Death In South Africa By Police Officers

A Nigerian man, Nonso Odo, 30, from Amangwu-Nkwerre, Imo State, was allegedly tortured to death by South African Police officers on Thursday, NAN reports. The President of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Ikechukwu Anyene, on Thursday, decried the killing of the Nigerian in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. Mr Emeka Ezinteje, Public Relations Officer of the union, told NAN in Johannesburg that reports indicated that the deceased, who was a barber, fought with a fellow Nigerian...

#AkwaIbom Tribunal Dismisses Motion Against Relocation/Jurisdiction

The application for relocation of the tribunal to Uyo has been dismissed in its entirety based on security implication which support the provision in Paragraph 20(2) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act which harps on accessibility. Chairman of the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Tribunal, Justice Umar Sadiq dismissed  Udom Emmanuel's application, while tagging other demand by Udom's counsel as academic been overtaken by events. The application for relocation of...

“Don’t Blame Us For Not Funding Murderers And Rapists In The Nigerian Military” – American Senator Replies President Buhari

Patrick Leahy, the American Senator who sponsored the famed Leahy Law says President Muhammadu Buhari should not blame the United States for not supporting the Nigerian Army. The Leahy amendment prohibits the US State Department and the Department of Defence from providing military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights. Nigeria’s military has been accused of alleged human rights crimes in its war against Boko Haram, hence the United States had refused to assist...

Guys And Gentlemen Read Through This To Find Out 52 Amazing Secrets, Thank Us Later

52 Deadly Ways to Make your woman see you as the only thing that could be her taste of Heaven On Earth with your love, care and attention. 1. Make her cum daily. 2. Compliment her genuinely. 3. Leave a candy and a blank cheque for her to find. 4. Kiss her for At least, 8 seconds. 5. Hold her hands. 6. Whisper sweet words in her ear. 7. Caress her—she loves to feel your gentle touch. 8. Appreciate her for the things she does...

“I Have No Close Friend In The Nollywood Industry” – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Many movie fans might be shocked to learn that, although she is quite popular among her colleagues, star actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has no friend in Nollywood. The actress revealed this much about her relationship with her fellow thespians in a new interview with entertainment reporter Chux Ohai. She said: “I don’t have close friends in Nollywood. Everybody is my colleague. Maybe it is because I live very far way from so many people in the...

EFCC Invites Kingsley Kuku Over Alleged Embezzlement Of Amnesty Funds

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC have invited the former special adviser on Niger Delta matters to ex President Jonathan, Kingsley Kuku, over allegations of embezzlement of hundreds of millions of Naira meant for amnesty programme. Mr Kuku alongside two of his aides are expected to be at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency on July 28th. The EFCC had on July 22nd invited and interrogated a former special assistant to President Jonathan on Schools and...

Girl Refuses Marriage Proposal From Her Boyfriend Who Showed Up In A 20 Car Convoy

A lover boy went out of his way to plan a great proposal to the woman he loves. He arrived with a fleet of 20 sports cars and a bouquet of flowers, His mission was to propose to TV dating show contestant Peng Yang, 27, in Shenzhen, southern China. However,  Peng walked off in embarrassment leaving him posing on one knee. The embarrassment was epic. The man hired the fleet of cars, which included...

Fashion Designer Arrested For Touching Models Inappropriately

An Australian fashion designer has been arrested and charged with five counts of assault following allegations he groped, harassed and exploited young female models. It was reported in June that dozens of aspiring models had rallied together to expose the degrading treatment they experienced at the hands of the 31-year-old club promoter and would-be fashion designer, Shardz Hourani. See Photo of one of his numerous touching body below... Photos of female models being man-handled by Hourani during a swimwear...

Kim Kardashian Slams The Cops, Accuses Them Of Covering Up Murder

Kim Kardashian has joined the bevy of celebrities who are adding their voices to the campaign on twitter, demanding answers to the bizarre story of the 28 year old Chicago woman Sandra Bland who died in jail after she was taken into police custody. Kim took to her page hours ago to voice her own concerns, and she agreed, too, alongside many other voices, that there seems to be a ‘massive cover up’ in the...

I Was Under Pressure To Convene Meeting – Tompolo

LEADER of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger-Delta, MEND, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, explained, Friday, that he summoned Saturday’s meeting the of the militant group in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, because of the overpowering pressure mounted on him and other MEND leaders by ex-agitators and other beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme. Tompolo confirmed there was apprehension in Ijaw land over the continued delay by the Federal Government in paying monthly stipends to...

Kylie Jenner Meets With Caitlyn For The First Time

But after their initial video chat, the 17-year-old took the next step and went over to the Olympian's house for a surprise visit. A new clip from Caitlyn's upcoming docu-series I Am Cait was released on Today on Friday ahead of the show's premiere on Sunday, and captured the tender first face-to-face meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQefzcSjrSY Read More: dailymail.co.uk

We Won’t Run To APC – Ekiti PDP Exco

Aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s State Working Committee on Friday denied rumours that they were planning to defect to the All Progressives Congress because of Governor Ayodele Fayose. The Acting Chairman, Mr Tunde Olatunde, who spoke on behalf of the 51 members of State Executive Committee and 11 of the 14 SWC to deny the report, however, admitted that there were issues to be resolved with the governor. The SWC recently suspended the Chairman...

WWE Terminates Its Contract With Terry Bollea Aka Hulk Hogan

The WWE is cutting all ties with wrestling legend Hulk Hogan ... after finding out about him angrily using the n-word to describe someone who was dating his daughter. Our sources say the WWE fired Hogan after learning of a transcript of comments made on his sex tape. Hogan is in the middle of a lawsuit over the tape ... and the n-word remarks are expected to come out once the trial begins later this year. Read...

#Pausibility: Of Superman, Spider men and Amnesty. – Adebayo Coker

The visit of the Nigerian President to the United States of America has shown that we have a remarkable leader whose personal integrity is a fiat money to be expended in taking us out of the quagmire of corruption and ignominy in the comity of nations that we have been plunged into by past leaders. The hoisting of both the Nigerian and the American flags in honor of this unblemished...

Buhari Restricts Use Of Presidential Aircraft By Wife, Aides

President Muhammadu Buhari has restricted the use of aircraft in the presidential fleet by his wife, Hajiya Aisha, and relations. It was learnt that some members of the First Family will now use commercial flight, unless it becomes compelling for them to fly in presidential aircraft. Apart from saving cost, the President is said to be determined...

Ex SEC DG, Arunma Oteh Appointed VP And Treasurer Of The World Bank

Former DG of the Security and Exchange Commission, Ms Arunma Oteh has been appointed the Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank. Congrats to her.

I Did Not Indict US Over Boko Haram, Says Pres. Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said there was no truth in claims in  the local and international media that he accused or indicted the United States Government of helping the terrorist group, Boko Haram. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President described the reports as widely off mark. He described the reports as unfortunate misinterpretation and distortion of his remarks at the United States Institute of Peace during...

3,000 Ghost Police Pensioners Uncovered In The Police Pension Scheme

The Director-General of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Nellie Mayshak, has said  3,000 ghost pensioners in the police pension scheme has been uncovered. The DG made the disclosure at a two-day sensitisation workshop in Abuja on Thursday, saying, “when PTAD was first given the police pensions payroll, it contained 18,000 pensioners which we thought were all genuine. “But when we went around the states to verify, we discovered that there were 15,000 pensioners in the police. “If we had not made...

DA Music Room Hosts Denim Party And Show Premiere #TheDenimParty

  IMBUE ENT invites young, trendy, music and fun lovers to Da Music Room's first ever denim party for the premiere of its Christian TV and lifestyle show with hosts, Koloboi, IB and DJ Ernesty!   The Denim Party will take place on Sat The 25th of July, 2015. The Red Carpet will commence at 4:30 PM at THE BANK! The denim party will also feature top celebrities, games, competitions and amazing prizes to be won! Follow the conversation on Twitter @DaMusicRoom with the...

Mosquirix; World’s First Malaria Vaccine Gets Approval

The world first ever malaria vaccine has just been approved for use in Africa by the European Medicines Agency, after assessing its safety and effectiveness. The vaccine, Mosquirix, also called the 

Kim Kardashian Looks Smoking Hot In New Photoshoot As Hype Energy’s New Ambassador

   Nobody does photo shoots like Kim Kardashian And the 34-year-old reality star has pulled yet another stunning set of images out of the bag with her latest offering. The reality star, in pictures taken before she announced her second pregnancy, rocks a number of sexy looks in a shoot for energy drink company, Hype

‘Boko Haram Still In Control Of Sambisa, 5 LGs’ – Yobe And Borno Governors Say..

Governors Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State and Ibrahim Shettima of Borno say Boko Haram militants are still in control of Sambisa forest, as well as five local government areas in both states. The governors said this during the National Economic Council meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday July 23rd. The governors called for increased military actions in their states.

NNPC Is The Engine Room Of Corruption In Nigeria — Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, described the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as the engine room of corruption, lamenting that none of the perpetrators of illegal deals in the corporation had so far been apprehended and brought to justice. He, therefore, challenged the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress to assist the Federal Government to fight corruption by encouraging their members in the oil and gas sector to expose those behind subsidy scam in the country. Saraki...

Why Social Security in Nigeria Will be Dead on Arrival – @Lanre_Olagunju

It is unarguable that the topmost responsibility of every government is to provide security and cater for the welfare of its people; but good governance is also essentially about using cost effective and sustainable strategies to get result that translates into better living conditions for citizens. The All Progressives Congress gained tangible popularity with many of its mouth watering promises that bothered many economic analysts, including unrepentant optimists who strongly and openly supported the APC presidential campaign. It is...

We Have Not Received Bailout Funds Promised By Pres. Buhari, Governors Cry Out

36 state governors cried out, yesterday, over the worsening economic condition in the country and the failure of the Federal Government to give them the bailout funds promised by President Muhammadu Buhari. The governors at their meeting which started Wednesday night and ended in the early hours of yesterday, complained that the comprehensive relief package designed by the Federal Government to salvage the economic crisis of the states was yet to be given to them. The governors also expressed concern over...

Gunman Kills 2 People And Injures 7 In A Louisiana Movie Theatre

A 58 year old white gunman opened fire on movie goers last night in a Louisiana movie theater, killing 3 people, including himself and injuring as many as 7 people, some of whom are in critical condition, a police official said. City Marshal Brian Pope said that the gunman opened fire at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana where people were watching the comedy, 'Trainwreck' before turning the gun on himself. No one knows his motive for the shooting yet....