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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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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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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