Nigerian human rights activist Olumide Makanjuola and novelist Jude Dibia are teaming up to serve as editors for a queer nonfiction anthology titled Love Offers No Safety. Published by Cassava Republic Press, the anthology will be available in UK bookstores on June 20, 2023 and in the U.S. on February 14, 2024.
Love Offers No Safety gathers first-hand accounts to tell the stories of queer men in Nigeria from their own perspectives. This searing and powerful nonfiction anthology documents the everyday lives of queer Nigerian men and shows that there is no one universal queer experience.
The anthology includes stories of finding love and tenderness, facing heartbreak and struggles, and the power of community all along. Love Offers No Safety also serves as “an exploration of what it is to be a man – how societal pressures foster toxic masculinity, and the barriers this creates for learning to understand one another.”
Jude Dibia is a Nigerian novelist known for his ground breaking writing. His 2007 novel Unbridled won the Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize for Prose. His other books include Blackbird (2011) and Walking with Shadows (2005), known as the first Nigerian novel with a gay man as the protagonist.
Olumide Makanjuola is a Nigerian human rights activist, storyteller, and LGBTQI advocate. Makanjuola was the executive director for The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS) and received a Queen’s Young Leader Award in 2016 for his work within the LGBTI+ community. Makanjuola co-produced many films to increase queer visibility in Nigeria including Walking with Shadows (2019), adapted from Jude Dibia’s book.
Congrats to Olumide Makanjuola and Jude Dibia on their nonfiction anthology! Stay tuned for more details.