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A Dead Deer from the Past | Romeo Oriogun | Memoir

WHEN HE PASSED BY ME FOR the first time, I was on my second glass of Venus Portion, a cocktail made out of ginger beer, vodka, cherries, and something else. I swear I wasn’t drunk, I swear he looked at me or maybe inside my head I made him look at me with his brown eyes. […]

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Kabaka Magazine, Co-founded by Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba, Is Set to Amplify Queer Voices in African Literature | Read Issue #1

In late 2016, the Nigerian poets Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba began discussing the possibility of creating a platform for queer writers. Both writers had no clout then, no precedent to model their idea on, and were driven only by years of receiving rejection emails from African magazine editors who repeatedly emphasized that they did not […]

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Review: Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives Of Great Men | Kanyinsola Olorunnisola

WE ARE MORE THAN TRAGEDY: A REVIEW OF CHIKE FRANKIE EDOZIEN’S LIVES OF GREAT MEN To read on the news about queerness in Africa is to read about secrecy, mob assault, imprisonment, asylum, homelessness, death. In Chike Frankie Edozien’s LAMBDA Award-winning memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, there […]

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives Of Great Men Wins LAMBDA Award for Gay Memoir

Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man has won the LAMBDA Literary Award for Gay Memoir. Last October, we brought news of Lives of Great Men and its standing as the first memoir by a Nigerian about LGBTQ life in Nigeria. Organised by Lambda Literary, the US’ oldest and largest literary arts organization […]

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Review | Cassava Republic’s “She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak” | Cisi Eze

  Publication Date: TBA. Publisher: Cassava Republic Press. Number of Pages: 342. *** Art is most beautiful when we find pieces of ourselves in it, when it resonates with our realities or what we want our realities to be. She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak transcends beautiful. This history-making opus will shake the tables […]

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

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 […]

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14: An Anthology of Queer Art | Vol. 2: “The Inward Gaze”

A few days ago, we announced the gorgeous cover for the LGBTQI art collective 14’s second volume, which featured snippets from Taiye Selasi and 2016 Brunel Prize winner Gbenga Adesina. The anthology is now here, as a downloadable e-book. A group whose editors use pseudonyms, 14 took its name from the 14-year jail term prescribed […]

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Dear Mr. Brittle | Has “Queer Literature” Become a “Trend” in Africa?

“Dear Mr. Brittle” is a new Brittle Paper series in which our deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young tackles questions gathering on social media. Different writers will occasionally be invited to answer questions in the series. New questions or response essays can be sent to brittlesubmissions@gmail.com with the header “Dear Mr. Brittle.” * DEAR MR. BRITTLE, Many […]

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Chika Unigwe Calls Out Seun Kuti for Ignorant Comments on African Women and Feminism

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The long struggle of Nigerian entertainers with gender expectations, and in particular what feminism actually is, is well documented. From […]

Cassava Republic Shortlisted for Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards

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UK-based Nigerian publishing company Cassava Republic has been shortlisted for the British Book Awards’ inaugural Small Press of the Year […]

Someone Has to Tell These Stories | Interview with Poet Chibụìhè Achịmbá

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Chibụìhè Achịmbà is a queer poet, essayist and photographer from Nigeria. He is a 2018 Fellow of Ebedi International Writers […]

Chigozie Obioma Treats Madison to An Orchestra

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As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, Chigozie Obioma was in Madison, Wisconsin, on February 6, 2019 to discuss his […]

What Really Is Political Correctness? The LGBTQI+ Struggle, Western Reactionaries, and the Sociohistorical Context Encouraging a Literary Magazine to Provoke | Kamau Muiga

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1. Every year thousands of students would pour into Nakuru Town’s Christ the King auditorium in all their cultural beauty […]

Sarah Waiswa’s Twitter Thread on African Women Photographers Is a Visual Fest

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Recently on Twitter, the Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa gave us a curation of stunning photos by African female photographers. […]

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