Coming Thursday on #PolitrickswithKO Nigeria’s Anti gay bill : A victory for culture and religion or a human rights violation?
Yemisi Ilesanmi and Seun Kolade On Thursday 1st August 2013 Watch Live on BEN-TV UK Sky 182 in Nigeria via Star Time and On Line via www.bentelevision.com Phone in +442088080693 Send Questions via Twitter
Yemisi Ilesanmi is a Nigerian woman, who identifies as a Feminist, Bisexual and an Atheist. She holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) degree in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights. She is a trade unionist, human rights activist, blogger, poet and author of the book 'Freedom To Love For ALL: Homosexuality is Not Un-African’.
Yemisi Ilesanmi has held many National and International positions, amongst which were:
➢ National Women leader and Assistant National Secretary- Nigeria Labour Party.
➢ Vice President- International Trade Union Congress (ITUC)
➢ Chairperson- ITUC Youth Committee
➢ International Labour Conference (ILC) Committee Member on Applications of Standards
➢ Member- United Nations Youth Employment Network
➢ Founder/President- National Association of Nigerian Female Students (NANFS)
She is the founder and coordinator of the campaign group Nigerian LGBTIs in Diaspora Against Anti-Same Sex Laws. The group has organized protests outside Nigerian embassy in London and New York to protest the Nigerian draconian ‘Jail the Gays’ bill passed and also to demand the repeal of all existing anti same sex laws in Nigeria. She also created an online petition against the bill.
Her debut book 'Freedom To Love For ALL: Homosexuality is Not Un-African'.
Seun Kolade is a Christian writer, citizen activist and development researcher with a passion for apologetics, social justice and contemporary issues affecting democracy and development in Nigeria and other African states. For more than 15 years he has been involved with various Christian groups raising consciousness on authentic spirituality and social issues in an increasingly toxic atmosphere of corruption and so-called ‘prosperity’ Gospel. He is the author of the booklet “Let Justice Flow”, and has published several articles in magazines, newspapers and online journals, including NEXT, Baptist Times and Sahara Reporters.
Kolade is the convener and chairman of Oyo Global Forum, a global network of professionals engaging the grass root and political representatives to promote development, as well as accountability and transparency in governance in Oyo state and Nigeria at large.
Seun Kolade holds Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and a post graduate teaching certificate in Higher Education. He is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a member of Development Studies Association, and he is based in London, where he is currently undertaking a doctoral programme in Development Studies at the London South Bank University.