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Aderonke Apata

Founder, CEO, African Rainbow Family

Aderonke is a multi-awards-winning human rights activist and feminist who studied the Bar Professional Training Course, and was subsequently Called to the Bar of England and Wales. Aderonke is a Lawyer, has a Master of Laws, Postgraduate Degree in Law, Master of Public Health, BSc in Microbiology and Registered Manager Award. She is also an International Accredited Civil/Commercial Mediator.

Aderonke is an LGBTIQ asylum campaigner, advocate and Expert Witness for LGBTIQ people seeking asylum to stay in the UK; whom herself got granted asylum after a 13-year battle, having started the Shutdown Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre campaign in 2012 from inside the detention centre. Aderonke’s tireless campaigns and social political change making have been recognised by awards such as: Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Award 2014; one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK, on the RainbowList2014 & RainbowList2015; LGBT Heroine of the year 2015 by DIVA Magazine; Attitude Pride Award 2017; Activist of the Year, Sexual Freedom Awards 2018; Ron Todd Foundation Equality Award, 2018 and Aderonke was added to the Amnesty International UK’s ‘Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain’ in 2018.