To mark the designation of February as LGBTQ History Month, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of English has released a series of short films featuring their staff talking about an inspirational queer figure. A film is released each day and there will be 29 films in all. The format is meant to reflect “the diversity and range of LGBT culture.”
In the video below, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of the monumental Kintu and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University, talks about Chike Frankie Edozien, whose Lambda Award-winning memoir Lives of Great Men is the first by a Nigerian to focus on being gay.
In both Edozien’s Nigeria and Makumbi’s Uganda, same-sex marriage is banned and their LGBTQ populations face public harassment and legal hurdles.
Graph image of Makumbi credited to Martin Harris Centre.