Unoma Azuah (Nigeria)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
Free RSVP 2017-05-23 8 p.m. 2017-05-23 America/New_York Unoma Azuah (Nigeria) 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a reading with Unoma Azuah (Nigeria) who will be reading from her collection Blessed Body: secret lives of LGBT Nigerians.

Photo 2 (1)Unoma Azuah is an award winning writer whose research and activism focus on  LGBT writing in Nigerian Literature. She teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL. Recently, Unoma concluded a book project on the lives of queer Nigerians entitled Blessed Body: secret lives of LGBT Nigerians.  
About Blessed Body: secret lives of LGBT Nigerians:
Blessed Body: secret lives of LGBT Nigerians is a collection of thirty-eight personal narratives by thirty-six LGBT Nigerians who describe their struggles to uncover and live their lives as sexual beings. The accounts are categorized under eight headings: Discovery: Coming of Age; Blurring Lines; Facebook Fantasies; Homo-sexing; Unwanted Marriage; Secret Lives; The Church; Unapologetic.The stories are the true-life experiences of nineteen gay men, two bisexuals, four transgender persons and twelve lesbians who chronicle the complications of living invisible lives while negotiating a very hostile terrain. In spite of the persecution they encounter and the sufferings they endure, some of them triumph and excel. Even though they are all forced to live underground in Nigeria or in the Diaspora because of Nigerian’s harsh anti-LGBT laws, they give voice to the challenge of discovering and exploring their sexuality in the midst of hate.

Event Details

May 23, 2017 @ 8 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

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