“Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man” by Chike Frankie Edozien— A Memoir

Edozien, Chike Frankie. “Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man”, Team Angelica Publishing, 2017.

A Memoir

Amos Lassen

Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien shares a personal stories of gay Africans who he sees as great men who live and love in the face of great adversity. He explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the continent; the impact of homophobic evangelical American pastors, the dangers of political populism and the pressures placed on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are the legacy of colonial rule. These pressures sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West. Nonetheless, he is hopeful and his memoir is a tribute to Africa, especially Nigeria and the city of Lagos.

This is a powerful look at what it means to be a gay Nigerian man and a tender and insightful study of the complicated and unspoken bonds that exist in most intimate relationships. In effect, this is a study of how the human heart survives against great odds.


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