Granted that the world is yet to completely embrace love and allow love to win, Some African countries are still far from letting people love who they truly love. Every country on earth has its own charm and beauty, and they like to play by their own rules. Sometimes very weird rules and bizarre laws. While some countries advance faster than others, there are some with set rules that leave you wondering ‘what the hell?’ Like Egypt forcing Anal examination on suspected homosexuals and the banning of same-sex union in most African Nations including Nigeria – the of Giant of Africa. Are they not?
Well, a group of
secret LGBTQI called 14 have been protesting the Nigeria’s hate-law that banned love/marriage between same-sex through the annual publication of a queer art anthology named 14 on Brittle Paper – Africa’s literary blog – in an e-book downloadable format.The name was taken from the 14-year jailed term prescribed by the Nigerian law against same sex show of affection.
The anthology’s Volume 1 was released in January 2017, a year after the law was made, and was themed We Are Flowers. Yesterday, Brittle Paper, published Volume 2 themed The Inward Gaze to commemorate that act of oppression. It features poetry by the novelist and activist Unoma Azuah, writing professor at Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago and editor of the first anthology documenting queer Nigerians and Nigeria’s first poetry anthology about queerness, Blessed Body: The Secret Lives of Nigerian Gay, Lesian, Bisexual and Transgender (2016), and Mounting the Moon (2017), Chinthu Udayarajan; Onwubiko Chidozie; Chisom Okafor; Ebenezer Agu; the musician-poet Sajid Ahsan Dipra, author of A Fireside Chat with Lucifer (2015); Akola Thompson; and Karen Jennings, 2013 Etisalat Prize-shortlisted author of Finding Soutbek (2012). It also features fiction stories, memoir, visual artworks and a conversation by some familiar artists in the literary scene.
Here are some of them: Kiprop Kimutai, finalist for the 2017 Miles Morland Scholarship and the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award; Louis; Cisi Eze; Arinze Ifeakandu, finalist for the 2017 Caine Prize; Erhu Amreyan; and Brittle Paper deputy editor Otosirieze, finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship and 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, the memoir by IBK and a conversation between Chike Frankie Edozien, author of Lives of Great Men (2017), Nigeria’s first memoir to focus on gay men, and Troy Onyango, a founding editor of Enkare Review.