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Read an Excerpt from Unoma Azuah’s Embracing My Shadow, Nigeria’s First Memoir About Being Lesbian, Out Today

Unoma Azuah, novelist, poet, academic, curator, and one of Nigeria’s leading LGBTQ rights activists, has her third book coming out today, 1 March. Titled Embracing My Shadow: Growing Up Lesbian in Nigeria and published by Beaten Track, it will be the first memoir by a Nigerian about being lesbian. It comes three years after Chike Frankie […]

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Watch Jennifer Makumbi Talk Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men in Manchester Metropolitan University’s LGBTQ History Month Short Film

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 […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books Feature Explores How Queer Nigerian Writers Are Reclaiming the Male Body

Los Angeles Review of Books has published a feature exploring how queer Nigerian writers are portraying the male body. Entitled “Queer Nigerians Rewrite the Body,” and written by the American journalist and World Literature Today contributing editor Erik Gleibermann, the essay highlights the push-back from a new generation of self-conscious artists against stereotypical narratives that […]

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Unoma Azuah’s Embracing My Shadow, Nigeria’s First Memoir About Being Lesbian, Forthcoming in March 2020 & Now Available for Pre-order

Unoma Azuah, novelist, poet, academic, curator, and one of Nigeria’s leading LGBTQ rights activists, has a new book, her third, coming on 1 March 2020: her debut memoir, to be published by Beaten Track. Titled Embracing My Shadow: Growing Up Lesbian in Nigeria, it will be Nigeria’s first memoir about being lesbian. Embracing My Shadow […]

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For Pride Month, The Cheeky Natives Is Sharing Videos of Queer Authors Reading from Their Works

Every June is Pride Month: that time of the year when queer people celebrate their very existence in a way that heterosexual people do not because nobody is harassing and murdering heterosexual people on the streets. The Cheeky Natives, the South African literary podcast that has become a major go-to space for authors in the […]

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Landa Mabenge’s Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph Is a Heartbreaking, Inspirational Story of Identity and Transition

Landa Mabenge‘s debut memoir Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph details his journey from being born in the body of a girl, the difficulties he experienced as a child, to his embrace of his identity in university, his transitioning, in the course of which he became the first transgender man in South Africa to […]

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Go the Way Your Blood Beats | Read Gorgeous New Anthology of Fiction Centering Queer Lives 

In February, we published Innocent Immaculate Acan’s short story, “Songbird,” taken from a yet unreleased anthology, Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa. The e-book, which comprises twelve short stories following queer characters, is now available on our website. Edited by the South African writer Anathi Jongilanga, and with an introduction […]

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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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Interview | Feminist Library in Abidjan Challenges the Erasure of Women from Africa’s Political History

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Last week, we shared the news of an Abidjan-based library focused on women’s writings from the continent and the Diaspora. […]

Warscapes Magazine Seeks Video Entries: Open Call: The Corona Notebooks

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Bhakti Shringarpure, Editor-in-Chief of Warscapes magazine and author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital, has issued a call for […]

PHOTOS | The Second Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile

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The second year of the Asmara Addis Literary Festival in Exile was held from February 27 to February 28, 2020, […]

Is It Still Beautiful? Motherhood and Mental Health During a Pandemic | Ukamaka Olisakwe | Nonfiction

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The only photographs I have on my LG mobile phone are my children’s. They are 17, 15, and 13, and […]

Six Poets Shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Six poets have been shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among the list, which is dominated by […]

An Argentinian Crocheter Made a Doll of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We Interviewed Her.

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Fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie may have heard that earlier this year, she gave a keynote speech at Chile’s Future […]

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