14 anthology

The 13th of January is an unfortunate day in Nigeria’s history. It marks one of the nation’s greatest human rights failures. On that day in 2014, Nigeria gave homophobia full legal recognition in the form of a law that made any kind of same-sex sexual act a crime that could be punished with as much as 14 years in prison.

In the midst of the outrage against the law, a group of Nigerian writers and artists came together to clear out a space for artistic expression inspired by LGBT life. They named the group 14 in reclamation of the maximum jail term stipulated by the law. Afterwards, they launched an anthology project titled 14: An Anthology of Queer Art. A few months ago, a call was sent out asking artists and writers to submit work that engaged with LGBT life and communities in Nigeria.

The first volume of the anthology, which is slated to run annually, is out. It is titled We are Flowers and features introductory statements by Ikhide Ikheloa and Binyavanga Wainaina, in addition to a compelling collection of creative non-fiction, poetry, art work, photography, and more that tell the Nigerian LGBT story. Notable amou

Kudos to Rapum Kambili, who led the editorial team behind the project. We celebrate their attempt to shine the light on an aspect of Nigerian life that all too easily left in the peripheries of African literary culture. Brittle Paper is proud to be associated with the collection as its publisher. 

You can learn more about the collection in Unoma Azuah’s excellent overview, which we have posted below. The pieces in this collection make a delightful and illuminating read.

Begin reading for free right now by clicking on the link below.

14, AN ANTHOLOGY OF QUEER ART, WE ARE FLOWERS

Content:

We are Flowers by RAPUM KAMBILI

African Queers Have Agency by BINYAVANGA WAINAINA

Black Testosterone (or: What to do with Famous African Male

Bodies)  by NZEOGWU

Fizzled by ICE

The Girl Next Door by SALIMAH VALIANI

Let Love Anonymous by IRISY N’C

Writing on the Wall/Rolling in the Deep  by KELECHI EZEIGWE

Ero-manga  by AYAÒBÀTÁLA

How Can I Forget to be Nigerian Around You? by NNANNA IKPO

Kito/Ada-Obi/May the Rainbow be with You by Osinachi

After the Law Was Passed  by PINK PANTHER

You Think You are Fucked/Coming Out/How to Survive the Fire by ROMEO ORIOGUN

The Thing You Do For Love by DEJI PAYNE

Time to Marry. Or Not. by CHIKE FRANKIE EDOZIEN

Bodies: how to keep a distant relationship/ghosts /suicide note by CHIBỤÌHÉ OBI

Here I am/Not Yet Buried by OJO OGBOM

Broken Body: An Interview with Unoma Azuah by ABSALOM

Rebellion’s Rebirth by KARANJA NZISA

A Story to Live For by NNANNA IKPO

Gay Wars: Battle of the Bitches (or, The Tops and Bottoms of Being Out in Nigeria) by RAPUM KAMBILI

A Straight Boy’s Manifesto: Queer Folk are the New Africans by IFEDIMMA OSAKWE

Friends in a Ship by AMATESIRO DORE

Lost Pride by SEUN IDRIS

Placards by CHISOM OKAFOR

Istanbul Pride 2017 by JAY RECHSTEINER

Nigerian Lesbian Forum by POGAY

The Mannequins by NEEC

 Read: 14, AN ANTHOLOGY OF QUEER ART, WE ARE FLOWERS

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

3 Responses to “14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 1: We are Flowers” Subscribe

  1. lick 2017/01/17 at 07:21 #

    i love nzeogwu. what a piece of writing, so unabashed and fervent. it made me blush.

    this rules. keep burning y’all.

    now that you have seen the worst of the world, i am certain that you know what is best for it’s future as a queer individual?

    much love. 🙂

  2. Pankar 2017/01/17 at 08:08 #

    Good presentation..
    Kudos 14, brittle paper.
    Africa’s queer do have Agency.

    Let’s take this home and publicity!

    January 14, LGBT Nigeria pride.

  3. Jay 2017/01/18 at 00:55 #

    Woa! Heavy pieces alert! There’s a ‘Friends In A ship’! The 14 Anthology is worth going over to see the world in the shoes of others. Great works to the contributors. <3 <3

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