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Chike Frankie Edozien at Pages & Palette, photo by Victor Adewale

Chike Frankie Edozien. Photo credit: Victor Adewale.

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.”

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Photo credit: This Is Africa‘s Twitter.

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.

BUY LIVES OF GREAT MEN: LIVING AND LOVING AS AN AFRICAN GAY MAN

 

Graph image of Makumbi credited to Martin Harris Centre.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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