Fellow Since 2004
Alliance Rights Nigeria
This profile was prepared when Oludare Odumuye was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Dare leads campaigns to bring homosexuality proudly into the public light and to secure rights and legal protections for gay communities in the whole of West Africa. He starts with rigorous research establishing the link between HIV transmission and stigmatized sex between men. He uses hard numbers from his research to advocate for public acceptance of homosexuality and to direct interventions for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. At the same time, he trains gay men and women to prevent the spread of HIV in their own communities and to advocate for their rights in local and national forums. Through his campaigns to protect the rights of gay people—among the most heavily stigmatized groups in Nigeria—Dare leads the way toward greater tolerance among all groups.