When her family found out she was lesbian she narrowly escaped being stoned to death, and her partner of 20 years was killed by vigilantes. However because she had had children and male partners the UK immigration authorities refused to believe she was lesbian.
She was listed number 41 in the Rainbow List 2014. The citation said:
- "LGBT asylum campaigner Apata fled persecution for homosexuality in her native Nigeria, and campaigns for LGBT asylum seekers to stay in the UK. Her petition, demanding that she be allowed to stay, gained 320,000 signatures, and her valiant efforts were recognised when she gained the National Diversity Award."
- http://www.thisisbiscuit.co.uk/biscuit-shares-panel-with-asylum-seeker-aderonke-apata/. Biscuit, 12 March 2015. Accessed: 2016-04-30. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6h9vo14BS)