Seeking Asylum: Bisi
Bisi Alimi was the first person to come out as gay on national television in Nigeria. In 2004 he appeared on the popular television show, New Dawn. Bisi wanted to challenge the misconception that there where no gay people in Nigeria. After his television appearance Bisi was violently attacked. He soon made his way to the United Kingdom seeking asylum.
Seeking Asylum: Uche
Uche was outed in his small village in Nigeria when he was a young man. He was found kissing another boy and was beaten and tortured by neighbors he had known most of his life. When he was old enough, Uche entered the UK illegally and lived and worked in London until his arrest in 2009. This is Uche’s story of seeking asylum.
Seeking Asylum: Skye
Skye Tenevimbo is originally from Zimbabwe and moved to England to attend university. While living in England Skye became politically active and wrote articles critiquing Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Mugabe for his homophobic stance. This brought unwanted attention to her family back in Zimbabwe. Skye did not want to return for fear that she would be harmed. She decided to seek asylum.
John fled Uganda after a police crackdown of gay men in the capital city of Kampala. He arrived in the UK and was immediately detained for four months. He was eventually released and allowed to live in England for several years. During this time John tried unsuccessfully to attain some permanent residency status.