Nigerian based publishing company, Cassava Republic have gone the extra mile.

They are releasing a book that will make a lot of Nigerians uncomfortable.

‘She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak’ is a collection of stories that represent the experiences of non-gender binary Nigerians.

The book is ground-breaking collection of 25 first-hand narratives from a cross section of queer Nigerian women- these includes Lesbians, transgenders and those whose gender identity and/or gender expression falls outside the categories of man and woman.

These narratives are channels to the innermost thoughts of the narrators' that explores what it means to be a gay woman within Nigeria's conservative communities.

Through this, readers will see how they struggle to reconcile religion, sexuality and culture;  and the battle to be comfortable with one’s gender and sexual identity within intolerant communities.

The book covers the experience of queer women from across Nigeria, with narrators coming from Maiduguri, Zamfara, Imo, Oyo, Abuja, Plateau, Lagos, Ondo and more.

According to  one of the editors of the book,  Refeeat Aliyu, “This book is important to me because as someone who looks for clues on women’s sexuality in Nigeria’s history, I am often frustrated by the way scholars have painted a hetero-normative picture.

When we become history, no one will be able to say, “there’s no proof of homosexuality in Nigeria” because of the existence of this book and others like it.”

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