Nigerian LGBTIQ+ activist Pamela Adie has been shortlisted to receive the first Mary Chirwa Award for courageous leadership.
By Mike Daemon
Among ten others, Adie, who is the only Nigerian on the list, is nominated alongside an academic, an attorney, journalists, and human rights activists from Africa, a Greek priest and humanitarian, a French journalist, and a Dutch green activist.
The Award was initiated in 2018 by the Mary Chirwa Award Foundation and Nudge, a social enterprise based in Amsterdam that strives to create a sustainable society. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and highlight individuals who have exhibited courage and bravery in their leadership, in order to achieve one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Adie is the Executive Director of The Equality Hub, a Nigeria-based non-profit working to advance the rights of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer [LBQ] women in Nigeria using visual storytelling.
Passionate about LBQ rights, Adie produced and directed Nigeria’s first lesbian-focused documentary titled ‘Under The Rainbow’.
The very first Award will be handed out for the first time on 22 October 2019, at the Peace Palace and International Court of Justice, in The Hague.