Asylum - Bisi

Watch Asylum - Bisi, a short film about homosexuality in Nigeria.


About the film

After the country’s president boldly claims that there are “no gays in Nigeria” Bisi Alimi is outraged and becomes the first to openly discuss his homosexuality on national television. His appearance becomes a watershed moment in Nigerian media history, leading Bisi into constant life-threatening danger. 

About the filmmakers

Selly Thiam is a journalist and oral historian whose work has appeared on NPR, PBS and in Colorlines Magazine. Thiam was formerly the producer for the StoryCorps Griot Initiative, which gathered over 2000 interviews from African-Americans across the United States. She is the founder of None on Record.

Samantha Stark is a video journalist and cinematographer whose work has appeared on,, WPIX and City Limits. She is currently an associate producer on the documentary feature The New Black. Her short films Lost and Found and Condom Couture screened at Washington, D.C.’s LGBTQ film festival and the Hong Kong International AIDS film festival. Stark has a Masters of Arts from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.


Presented by NBPC and None on Record

Black Public Media (also known as the National Black Programming Consortium) develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online. Since 1991, Black Public Media has invested more than $10 million dollars in iconic documentary content for public media outlets, including PBS and; training, mentoring and supporting a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences.

None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa is a digital media project that collects the stories of, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. None on Record adds to the growing histories told by LGBT Africans all over the world. LGBT Africans are everywhere—within the neighborhoods of Dakar, Toronto, Nairobi, New York City and London and in the small towns and villages around the world.