Gay rights activist, Bisi Alimi is still counting down to his wedding set to hold next month. He shared this throwback photo of himself in 1999 when he and Denrele acted for Atiku’s wife.
Read what he wrote below…
“Day 13 of 30 days to my wedding of 30 things to be grateful for. The first time I put on a dress was at university of Lagos.
I was drafted to act a role at the last minute as the character didn’t turn up. I am sure @denrele_edun will remember this event. We were acting for Atiku’s wife while she was visiting.
Many times after that, I have dressed. I dressed up hosting many gay parties in #Lagos. In 1999, as a very young 24years old, I won the glamorous Miss Gay Lagos.
When I wear dresses, I wear them as a man, and this is why it is very liberating for me. It connects with my vulnerability.
As an African man, there is an expectation of what it means to be a man. Wearing a dress is also a statement of f*ck you to patriarchy. I don’t do conformity. I live in my head and in my world. I would go n*ked and take a picture of it if I feel so good about it.
Then came last year and I met @msposhp and she changed my world. She made me understand that beauty has no gender and a dress is a dress.
The joy I feel when I take on the character of Ms Posh is overwhelming. She takes me to another level.
Also when @obehinoir make her up, she transforms into this beautiful woman I have been dying to meet and know.
Ms Posh is an act, she is only real in my head and in your imagination. That imagination if you let it loose will change the way you see women and treat women.
As a man a dress, I have experience s*xual harassment and verbal abuse and to me it is interesting how just a dress changed the way people treat me.
Unfortunately, Ms Posh is not invited to my wedding, but I am sure, she will be standing next to me in my head when I say ‘I Do’ to my man. #sames*xmarriage #sames*xwedding #30daysofthankfulness #equalmarriage #weddingday #dragqueen”