Ted Talk Review: Bisi Alimi, “There should never be another Ibrahim”
Ibrahim is a Nigerian HIV+ Gay Man.
Film “Bonnie Hell” is a picture of Hell if you are bad and a picture of heaven if you are good.
This made Bisi feel afraid of going to hell because of his sexuality .
Bisi met Ibrahim, a man privi to the best of education and love of family, and he was Muslim.
Ibrahim was very comfortable with himself and happy in college. Bisi and Ibrahim became friends, not lovers, and Bisi envied him for his courage, ease, ownership, and pridefulness in being gay.
Soon after their friendship started Ibrahim became sick with the AIDS disease and died soon afterwards.
Ibrahim asked Bisi to take the message of protection for gay men to Nigeria because information in the year 2003 was unavailable for Nigerian gay men.
Bisi became very active in prevention information and much was accomplished.
However, in Nigeria, 2014 political change came about and all efforts went down the drain. Penalties and laws were set in place against Gay men, same sex relationships, and decreased support of treatment for those already sick with HIV.
Many Gay men were fleeing Nigerian for treatment and asylum but instead of help were treated as illegal Immigrants. Many Nigerians have died for lack of treatment. In an attempt to escape oppression many found difficulty finding a home or safe haven and thus treatment.