BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
“Boy From Mushin” Bisi Alimi made headlines in 2004 when he came out as gay during an interview with Funmi Iyanda on her talk-show New Dawn With Funmi.
He was branded an outcast and had to seek asylum in the UK after his family disowned him and threats to his life got unbearable.
Joe Cohen, a British documentary producer and director is set to make a documentary centered around the life of this Nigerian who has become a recognised Human Rights activist.
The documentary titled The Boy From Mushin follows Alimi’s life story, from his time as an HIV advocate in Nigeria and his coming out, to his journey through exile to London as a refugee, and his rise to become one of Africa’s most prominent Human Rights activists. The film takes the journey with him as he makes the dangerous trip back to Nigeria for the first time since he was exiled, and as he takes his message of acceptance to the global stage, speaking with world leaders, some of whom are discussing LGBT rights for the very first time.
As the filmmaker notes, the film tells a complex story of race, gender, sexuality and politics in Nigeria, as we meet other courageous gay men and women who are fighting tirelessly for acceptance and justice across Africa.
A $25000 grant was awarded the producers of the film by ARCUS foundation and the project is still getting more financial support. If you would wish to add a donation, click here to do so.
Watch the trailer for the documentary below.