The Wildness Ep 8: Sitting down to chat about ‘She Called Me Woman’ and Nigerian queer women
A podcast by two queer African girls trying to get through life.
*Warning: this podcast had ALL the technical issues, we shall get our Skype game right. Excuse the sound*
Through first-hand accounts, She Called Me Woman challenges us to rethink what it means to be a Nigerian ‘woman’, negotiating relationships, money, sexuality and freedom, identifying outside the gender binary, and the difficulties of achieving hopes and dreams under the constraints of societal expectations and legal terrorism.
“We decided to put together this collection of thirty narratives to correct the invisibility, the confusion, the caricaturising and the writing out of history.”
The book’s editors and creators were inspired by similar books such as Bareed Mista3jil by the organisation Meem about Lebanon; Facing the Mirror: Lesbian Writing from India edited by Ashwini Sukthankar; and Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-Sex Practices in Africa edited by Ruth Morgan and Saskia Wierenga about Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.
The Wild Ones, Tiff and Manda poured a glass and sat down to chat about Azeenarh Mohammed, one of the editors of the anthology and asked how exactly did they make a plan about this thang.
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Links to check out:
The publishers, Cassava Republic speak on their works here
Check out She Called Me Woman on Amazon
Ms Afropolitan chats on her site about the book:
Brittle Paper Reviews of She Called Me Woman here
The editors of She Called me Woman speak in this video