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Bandy Kiki
BornEmily Kinaka Banadzem
(1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 28)
Jakiri, Cameroon
ResidenceManchester, UK
Alma materUniversity of Yaounde 1[citation needed]
  • Blogger
  • Entrepreneur
  • LGBT activist

Bandy Kiki is a Cameroonian blogger, LGBT activist and a serial entrepreneur based in the U.K.[1][2] She is the creator of Kinnaka's Blog, a high traffic English-speaking website in Cameroon for news and entertainment.[3][4] She is a controversial figure due to her political views and LGBT activism, and has been called "The Most Hated Anglophone On Social Media in Cameroon."[5]

Background[edit | edit source]

Kiki was born Emily Kinaka Banadzem on February, 20 1991 in Jakiri Cameroon.[citation needed]

Career[edit | edit source]

Kiki started her career as a blogger in the UK, in a daily published online blog Kinnaka’s Blog and Kinnaka’s TV, launched in 2015.[5][6] Her blog is one of the most frequented by anglophone Cameroonians.[7] In 2016, she was listed among the 50 most influential Cameroonian youths under the age of 40 by Avance Media, CELBMD Africa and partners.[8][unreliable source?] Kiki was crowned Best Cameroonian Media CAMEEA in 2015 and won "Best 2016 Blogger" from Diaspora Entertainment Awards.[9] Kiki is a spokesperson for the Rainbow Equality Hub, an NGO that supports LGBT people in Cameroon.[3] In 2017, she was nominated for best African Blogger of the Year Award By AWA.[9] In a May 2017 interview, Kiki announced she would be assisting Irène Major with the Gay in Africa Foundation.[10]

Controversy and attacks[edit | edit source]

She was criticized for her controversial post on her blog following the ongoing 2016–2017 Cameroonian protests.[1] She received extensive abuse online, including the spread of unsubstantiated rumors claiming Kiki was HIV-positive and that she is an agent of the Cameroon government attempting to sabotage the ongoing crisis. Kiki has denied those claims.[11] Kiki has been criticized for being gay and supporting LGBT rights in Cameroon.[1][12][13] In one example, film producer Agbor Gilbert Ebot stated that ''...If I catch you for Cameroon, I go 'rape' you well well so that di demon of lesbianism go comot for your body…I get plans to give you belle..."[1] She has been the subject of death threats.[7]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

In 2017, Kiki announced her engagement to Becky, a 25–26 year old Cameroonian living in the UK.[4]

See also[edit | edit source]

Others articles of the Topic Cameroon : Delly Singah Philips, Samuel Foyou, Manlikeclix, Tzy Panchak, Cameroon

Others articles of the Topic LGBT : Rio de Janeiro Gay New Year's Eve, Queer Collaborations, Organisations that defend the Catholic Church's official teaching on homosexuality, JustUsBoys, Nina West, Pride High, Johan Paulik
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Cameroon: Gay blogger no get any regret". BBC News Pidgin. 2017-11-18. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  2. Cee, Cee (2017-10-05). "Cameroonian Blogger Bandy Kiki Takes LGBTQ Activism To The Next Level Despite Threats From Her Community". Ear Hustle 411. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marchant, Apai-Ketuya (2017-11-09). "I'm African and a Lesbian: Get over it". Artefact. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ngomba, Joan (2017-10-14). "Kinnaka's Blog CEO Bandy Kiki is engaged: 4 things to know about her girlfriend". Dcoded TV. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Is Bandy Kiki (of Kinnaka's Blog) The Most Hated Anglophone On Social Media in Cameroon?". 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  6. Ngomba, Joan (2017-10-14). "Kinnaka's Blog founder, Bandy Kiki comes out as gay". Dcoded TV. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cee, Cee (2017-02-13). "Cameroonian Blogger, Bandy Kiki Wrongly Labelled 'Aids Patient' Due To Her Stand On Ongoing Political Unrest In Southern Cameroon". Ear Hustle 411. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  8. "Full list of 50 most influential young Cameroonians 2016 nominees". CameroonWeb. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Thatchers, Henriette. "UK Based Cameroonian Maverick Blogger Kiki Bandy Nominated For Best African Blogger Of The Year Award By AWA". Henriette Thatcher's Lounge. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  10. "Exclusive: Blogger Bandy KIKI Defends Her Support For Homosexuals". Cameroon News Agency. 2017-05-26. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  11. "Was Tapang Ivo and Mark Bareta Involved in "Shady Deals?" Or is Kiki Bandy Just Having a Crush on The Boys? | The Cameroon Daily Journal". Cameroon Journal. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  12. "Cover Star: LGBT Activist, Bandy Kiki". The Rustin Times. 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  13. "CAMEROONIAN BLOGGER BANDY KIKI ANNOUNCES THAT SHE'S A LESBIAN AND IS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED! - THE HOTJEM | Africa's #1 Fashion, Lifestyle, Entertainment Magazine". thehotjem.com. Retrieved 2018-03-06.

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