Aderonke Apata is a Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate who has a BSc in Microbiology, a Master of Public Health and a Postgraduate Degree in Law. She’s a campaigner for LGBTI people seeking asylum to stay in the UK; whom herself got granted asylum after 13-year battle. She is Winner: Activist of the Year, Sexual Freedom Awards 2018, Winner: Ron Todd Foundation Equality Awards 2018. She was added to the Amnesty International UK’s ‘Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain’ 2018, Winner: Attitude Pride Awards 2017, Winner: Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Award 2014, where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice”, she is number 41 & 67 on the RanbowList2014 & RainbowList2015 respectively as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Aderonke was named LGBT Heroine of the year 2015 by DIVA Magazine in recognition of her achievements in the LGBT community. Aderonke is the founder of African Rainbow Family, an LGBT Charity that supports LGBTIQ people seeking asylum in UK and campaigning for the Repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-LGBTIQ Law.
Aderonke started the shutdown Yarl’s Wood campaign in 2012 from inside the detention centre where she organised and led a demonstration from inside Yarl’s Wood detention centre demanding freedom for all. She galvanized and widened her reach to nearly 300 women of all nationalities, religious & cultural backgrounds fighting for their freedom. She stood up proudly and defiantly for her right to be free and for the right of ALL women to equality and freedom. Following her release from detention, Aderonke subsequently founded Manchester Migrant Solidarity, a self help group offering practical supports and building a powerful political voice against the systematic mistreatment of migrants in the UK and continues to campaign for the shutdown of all detention centres.