Bunmi Dipo Salami

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Bunmi Dipo-Salami (born August 17, 1967) is a Nigeria-born feminist, development strategist and w:social entrepreneur. She is the Chief Executive at PLEG Centre, a company that helps to enhance the capacity of leaders in Nigeria and across Africa through a multi-engagement methodology that strengthens actors in the public, private and non-profit sectors to ensure transformative leadership. She is the Executive Director at BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, an organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of the rights of women and girls and the Nigeria Country Coordinator for Townhall Radio.


  • I am a feminist because I am unapologetically passionate about improving the status of women. I believe in the capability and potential of women and I acknowledge the role of patriarchy in the oppression of women around the world. I disagree completely with the perception of women as inferior, subordinate, and second-class citizens. I believe every woman must have a voice to make choices. I work in solidarity with other women and some men to fight patriarchy and make women visible as critical stakeholders to improve their condition and position.
  • Small breakthroughs inspire me. I am motivated when I see smiles on the face of a woman who took a decision to leave an abusive relationship; I am inspired when a young woman sees the big picture and dedicates herself to championing the cause of women. I rededicate myself when I see women in positions of power stand with other women.
    • [1]
    • Cited from her introduction as an individual African feminist.


  • “I saw flashes of the manifestations of the war on Nigerian women: women arrested on trumped up charges and raped in custody, commercial sex workers arrested for the sexual pleasure of the Police and detained for days, I saw women who were killed for trying to resist their Police abductors and labelled armed robbers or girlfriends of criminals, accused of illegal possession of hard drugs (which they would have planted on their victims), and so on and so forth. I told God that Temisan should not be added to the statistics and quickly threw a boubou on my night gown, and raced out to save my daughter!“
    • [2]
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    • A Quote from a recap of her daughter’s offensive arrest. (June 2019)
  • “One of the reasons rapists get away with the crime is that society has a way of violating the victims of rape all over again when they speak up. That happens when we disbelieve or blame them for putting themselves in the line of the rapists."
  • “With this Name & Shame Project, we are saying to victims and survivors that we believe their account of a rape incident and we stand with them as they call out their rapists.”
    • [4]
    • A Quote taken from an interview granted The Interview magazine on the launching of a Campaign to Name and Shame perpetrators and enablers of Sexual Violence against women and girls.
  • “We have to be proactive by providing sexuality education to boys and girls in primary and secondary schools, as well as make conscious efforts to reorient men by teaching our boys about respect for a woman’s personal space.”
    • [5]
    • A Quote taken from an interview granted The Interview magazine on the launching of a Campaign to Name and Shame perpetrators and enablers of Sexual Violence against women and girls.
  • “Much as I am against the death penalty I think we are at a point where we have to take drastic measures to protect Nigerian girls and women from the war unleashed on them by the perpetrators of sexual violence. So, that may be an option to life imprisonment. That will surely help reduce the incidences of rape in our society as offenders will have an idea of the fate that would befall them if they dare break the law. It is in our hands to make things happen. If we really want the war on rape to stop the policy of death penalty on rape in Nigeria needs to be adopted.”
    • [6]
    • A Quote taken from her response on the death penalty for rapists in Nigeria as being demanded by Nigeria’s Senators.


  • “Which opportunities have we lost? How can younger women stand on the shoulders of older women so that they can see farther ahead?"
  • “Who should we hold accountable for improving the lives of women in order to enrich the nation on the long run? Why should we hold them accountable?”
    • [7]
    • Speaking at a virtual intergenerational town hall meeting with the theme ‘Accountability for Women’s Development 60 years after Independence. (October 2020)
  • “It is our collective responsibility to break the culture of silence around women’s human rights violations; feminisation of poverty and women’s exclusion from decision-making arenas. Let us demand accountability everywhere and together we shall make meaningful change happen,”
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    • A Quote taken from her statement to celebrate International Human Rights Day 2020 (December 2020)


  • “Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let us all #ChooseToChallenge and call out gender bias and inequity,”
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    • A Quote taken from her statement in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2021 themed ‘A Challenged World is an Alert World’ as Executive Director, BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights. (March 2021)

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