On April 26th 2018, Africa’s foremost publisher of quality storytelling, Cassava Republic Press published ‘She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak’, a ground-breaking collection of 25 life histories from a diverse range of queer Nigerian women. We at The Bagus are pleased to announced that we will be participating in the blog tour as we know this book will resonate with you, our audience. The blog tour is scheduled to to take place between the 16th and 30th May 2018.
A little bit about She Called Me Woman:
· The first-hand accounts in this book challenge stereotypes about the reality of being an LGBT woman in Nigeria, where same-sex unions, as in several countries in Africa, are illegal.
· Features women from a cross section of class, religion, region and educational backgrounds, giving a voice to women who have not been heard, including women who are lower class and/or Muslim from Nigeria’s northern region.
· Illuminates the realities of being an LGBT woman in Nigeria where the ‘Same Sex-Prohibition Bill’ signed in 2014 criminalizes public displays of affection between same-sex couples and restricts the work of organizations defending gay people and their rights.
· Highlights not only the challenges facing LGBT women in Nigeria but is also celebratory. The narratives depict the joy and excitement of being in love in an often-hostile environment
· Presents an opportunity to challenge the long-held belief that homosexuality is un-African and is only about violation and danger in Nigeria.
She Called Me Woman has already received praise and endorsement from writers such as Jackie Kay and Stella Duffy and is highly anticipated.
The editors of this collection – Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan and Rafeeat Aliyu – will be joining us for juicy gist amongst other things on this groundbreaking book.
Watch this space!!!!!!