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Cassava Republic has unveiled the cover for the forthcoming anthology, She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak. The anthology, to be released on 24 April of this year, collects 25 first-hand accounts that challenge stereotypes about being lesbian, bisexual and trans women in Nigeria.

In an email to Brittle Paper, Cassava Republic’s communications and publicity manager Emeka Nwankwo stated that these are “first-hand accounts by a community telling their stories on their own terms.” The bold anthology, he explains, “includes stories of first time love and curiosity, navigating same-sex feelings and spirituality, growing up gender non-conforming and overcoming family and society’s expectations.”

The anthology comes with two blurbs. “This is a bold, brave and brilliant book,” from Jackie Kay. And: “I urge you to read this collection,” from Stella Duffy.

She Called Me Woman joins the Unoma Azuah-edited Blessed Body: The Secret Lives of LGBT Nigerian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (2016), which is in print, and 14’s anthologies We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018), which are e-books, among the best-known collections of the real-life experiences of queer people in Nigeria. She Called Me Woman will add a new dimension to conversations about literature humanizing queerness.

Congratulations to Cassava Republic.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

2 Responses to “Cassava Republic Unveils Anthology Cover for “She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak”” Subscribe

  1. Jenni 2018/03/13 at 14:54 #

    Firstly wow! I’m really excited about this. It’s been a long time coming. Time to say goodbye to not being able to find stories of queer Nigerians. Whether the country likes it or not, queer people are part of it and they are here to stay. I love that this is reflected in literature made for us by us.

  2. Amaka 2018/03/14 at 06:33 #

    It looks good, and this is go great that it is published by Nigerians. I can’t wait to read it

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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.

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