“Queer Man’s Narratives” edited by Jude Dibia and Olumide F. Makanjoula— Rethinking Manhood

Dibia, Jude and Olumide F. Makanjoula, editors, “Queer Men’s Narratives”, Cassava Republic Press, 2020.

Rethinking Manhood

Amos Lassen

“Queer Men’s Narratives” challenges society to re-think the idea of what being a man means and how such concepts limit men and women’s freedom to be, to live and to understand each other. We see here that queer men and straight men are very much alike in how they respond to pressures of society and the definition of what a man should be. The selected narratives come  from over 25 contributors and show some queer men, like their straight counterparts use “sexism, toxic masculinity and patriarchy as a way to justify their masculinity within a society that prescribes such a role and expectations.”

Jude Dibia is an author, queer rights advocate, winner of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Prose Prize, and shortlisted for the Nigeria Literature Prize, CommonWealth Prize and the Swedish Naturoch Kulture Pris. His debut novel ‘Walking with Shadows’ is the first full length novel devoted to queer issues in Nigeria. Dibia currently lives in Sweden where he works with displaced artists as the administrator of the Malmö City refuge artists’ program. Olumide F. Makanjuola is a Sexual Health and Rights advocate with specific interest in LGBT rights. Makanjuola’s work focuses on expanding public knowledge and discourse on queer issues through new and alternative narratives. He is an alumnus of the International Visitor Leadership Programs and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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