By Patricia Karvelas on The Drawing Room
Chiké Frankie Edozien is a journalist, author and activist. His award-wining memoir Lives of Great Men explores what it was like to grow up gay in Nigeria — where it’s now a crime to be homosexual.
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From Nine To Noon, on 27 February 2020
Across much of Africa, homosexuality is taboo and gay people face prejudice, persecution and even execution.
More than half the countries on the continent outlaw it, while four enforce the death penalty. In Nigeria, a gay man who holds hands with his partner on the street can face up to ten years in prison.
Portrayals of what it means to be gay in West Africa or the diaspora are rare.
Nigerian-American writer and journalist Chiké Frankie Edozien has written what has been hailed as Nigeria’s first gay memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man.
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