The official photos are not out yet but who can wait? It is the historic Nigerian wedding of the year and you know how much we Nigerians love our weddings.
LGBT activist, HIV advocate, actor, writer, speaker, Bisi Alimi is officially off the market. He married his partner Anthony in the UK last weekend. It is historic for the simple fact that it is the first public wedding of a gay Nigerian man after the Same Sex bill was passed criminalising homosexual, lesbian, transgender and queer activities. “When you break the glass ceiling and refuse to conform to stereotypes that denies you your authentic self, even your enemies, will have no choice but to celebrate your glory,” Alimi wrote on social media.
“Our wedding on the front page of one of the biggest national newspaper in Nigeria.
It is history in the making and this editor took a risk to write history for the future of Nigeria,” he added.
It was an evening almost rivalling any party at the UN with the celebrants and guests joining the celebration in traditional attires from all over the world. Some notable names at the wedding included feminist writer, Mona Eltahawy and human rights lawyer, Jonathan Cooper.
There were more well wishes on social media.
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) November 6, 2016
@bisialimi congratulations on your marriage!! continue to be an outspoken inspiration to us all. 💜💛💚💙
— karlo zamolodchikova (@karloluvspandas) November 8, 2016
— NewNowNext (@NewNowNext) November 7, 2016
The homophobia is Nigeria leave me exhausted every time. Sending you love @bisialimi please ignore all the hate! Congratulations
— ThatPortharcourtBoy (@ThatPHCBoy) November 7, 2016
My husband & I will like to say a very big thank you to everyone who wished us well on our wedding. To the homophobes, change is inevitable.
— Bisi Alimi (@bisialimi) November 7, 2016
Of-course it wouldn’t be a gay wedding without party poopers and the tweets came rushing in as soon as the “I Dos” were said:
@bisialimi God created Adam & Eve not Adam & Steve.Guess u’ve bought enough pampers 4 ur buttock packagin?
Always remember Sodom & Gomorrah.
— Ohiafi Imoh (@sayhi2imo) November 8, 2016
– Photo credit: Bimdizzle/instagram and @JonathanCoopr