The Lives of Great Men

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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Memoir gives voice to gay Nigeria

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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