Wednesday, June 2, 2010

In Memoriam: Late Dare Odumuye - Gone Three Years

In Memoriam: Late Dare Odumuye – Gone Three Years.

Many Nigerians would remember the noble Late Dare Odumuye aka Erelu, he was a champion for human and sexual rights of sexual minorities in Nigeria, he spoke and debated the issues with the state and federal government on the inclusion of sexual minorities in the health manifesto.

Sadly on the 20th May 2007, aged 41, he died living his legacy of activism to many people. Today in Nigeria, many people enjoy the ability of access to peer education, sexual health and international human rights trainings.

He was a member of House Of Rainbow MCC Nigeria and the sole founder and Late President of Alliance Right Nigeria, an organization which advocated for the rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) people in Nigeria since 1999, provided Sexual health information, Advice, Seminars and Training programme.

We remember him on the third anniversary of this sad loss to the thriving LGBTI community, there is no doubt in our minds that the Nigerian LGBTI History will not be complete without you.

Since you passed away many good and bad things have happened to us, but you thought us never to give up.

We learnt from your selfless struggles to speak out, stand up and defend LGBTI people, we recall how much you travelled the length and breadth of the nation and the globe to represent our battles.

We carry on the torch of hope you light for us in to the waiting darkness and focus on claiming equal rights for all sexual minorities, in Politics, Sexual and Social Health, and societal equality. We continue your legacy to combat discrimination on the grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

We have not forgotten you and will never forget you. Matthew 22:30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven”

House Of Rainbow MCC Lagos Nigeria, continue to remember him in our prayers and thoughts and trust that he will never be forgotten. Continue to rest in the peace of our Lord until we meet again.