Remember that old saying that if you want to hide something from a black man you should put it in a book? Well, we all know now that that one is just rubbish. We love to read!
And publishing in Africa has begun to thrive, publishers pumping out book after book. Our reading culture has gone through the roof, with book clubs meeting in bars and even on social media every weekend.
To make sure some books don’t fly below your radar, to point you toward the right direction, BellaNaija will be bringing one to your notice every month.
This month of June, Pride Month, we’ve selected She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak , an anthology that tells the stories of queer Nigerian women, as our Book of the Month.
She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak is a collection of personal stories of queer women in Nigeria exploring the different ways being queer affects the lives of women. The stories in this anthology range from experiences within the family and the society to acceptance, self love, the risks and dangers attached to being queer and poor in Nigeria.
Edited by Rafeeat Aliyu, Azeenarh Mohammed, and Chitra Nagarajan, She Called Me Woman is a glimpse into the lives of lesbians and trans-women, surviving in a world that criminalises their existence.
BellaNaija has selected She Called Me Woman to showcase the lives and experiences of queer women whose stories in this book are depicted in their pure form, as the world celebrates Pride Month, this June.