What I Learnt | Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi

What I Learnt | Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi

Dear Senthuran is an epistolary memoir—the different chapters are letters addressed to various people in Emezi's life. The memoir is very evocative and honest. It weaves a tale of Emezi's journey of self-actualization in a non-chronological order, narrating their childhood in Aba, Nigeria, their time in graduate school, their spiritual journey as an ogbanje, and [...]

Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope

Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope

Set in South Africa, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road is about Kabelo, a doctor who struggles with the expectations of his parents and community. Kabelo grew up in a township, where he learnt early on that it is shameful to be gay or to be considered gay. So he tries to hide his sexuality, to [...]

Thoughts On | La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

Thoughts On | La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

La Bastarda tells the African queer story from a different perspective. It features lesbian and gay characters in a very traditional village in Equatorial Guinea. The main character, Okomo, grapples her feelings about her father's abandonment, and what it means to be a 'bastard', a woman, and a lesbian, in a society that values none. [...]