The Ake Festival is one of Nigeria’s foremost literary events that focuses on arts, literature and culture. Themed ‘Fantastical Futures,’ the 2018 edition is focusing on a reimagined African future while examine discussions around governance, gender and sexuality, literacy and education, health and well-being. One of the discussions was titled ‘The Fear of Queer’ and… Read More Watch ‘The Fear of Queer’ Panel Discussion at the 2018 Ake Festival
LGBT storytelling definitely hasn’t always been progressive but this year has packed a library full of honorable mentions and buckets full of tears. While the mainstream movie industries in Africa are shying away from featuring LGBT characters and storylines, we are proud to have the likes of Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki and TIER’s ‘We Don’t Live… Read More Our top LGBT shows and movies of 2018 (So Far).
The Order of Nature is a story about a green-eyed American man who accepted a teaching placement in the Gambia right out of college, thrusting him out of his middle-class life of privilege into a world he quite was not prepared for. Andrew is the perfect kid; smart, sensitive and well-rounded but he also had… Read More Book Review: The Order of Nature by Josh Scheinert
Chike Frankie Edozien has a won a Lammy! The Nigerian author and journalist took home the Lambda Literary Award’s Gay Memoir/Biography Prize for his book, Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man. Edozien’s book is one of the few memoirs about living as a Nigerian gay man and was released to critical… Read More Chike Frankie Edozien wins Lambda Literary Award for ‘Lives of Great Men’
The Nigerian LGBT community as been buzzing with excitement since The Initiative for Equal Rights announced their latest audio visual contribution to changing the narrative. The feature film was written by the eclectic Nigerian born transgender woman; Noni Salma (formerly known as Habeeb Babatunde Lawal) and directed by award winning filmmaker; Tope Oshin. And it… Read More Watch the trailer for ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’, A new LGBT feature film by TIERs.
I picked up Lives of Great Men by Chike Frankie Edozien last week after waiting for a while to lay my hands on it. I had planned to read more nonfiction in 2018 and Memoirs remain my favorite sub-genre, so it was exciting to delve into this book. Also as a gay man I was… Read More Book Review: Lives of Great Men by Chike Frankie Edozien
LGBT Rights in Gambia have been a hot topic as the former administration was very vocal about their position against it; as same sex relations are illegal. Josh Scheinert is a lawyer and author who spent time in Gambia as a lecturer from 2010 to 2011. His recent book “The Order of Nature” was released last… Read More Josh Scheinert on writing about LGBT Rights in The Gambia and ‘The Order of Nature”
Cassava Republic Press is proud to reveal the cover for ‘She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak’, a ground-breaking collection of 25 first-hand narratives from a cross section of queer Nigerian Women. Edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, and Rafeeat Aliyu, these narratives give the reader access to the narrators’ innermost thoughts and explore… Read More Cover Reveal: She Called Me Woman – Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak
Lambda Literary, America’s oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing LGBTQ literature, announced the finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards – or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known. The finalists were chosen from nearly 1,000 submissions and over 300 publishers. Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from independent presses, from both… Read More African Writers Shortlisted for 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards
Uzodinma Iweala is set to release a new book in March. Titled ‘Speak No Evil,’ the book will what it means to be queer and be a Nigerian through the eyes of Niru; a gay top student and track star raised in Washington D.C. but born to Nigerian parents. According to a summary… Read More Uzodinma Iweala tackles being Queer and Nigerian in new book, Speak No Evil