"Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man is the new journalistic memoir by Chike Frankie Edozien, a gay Nigerian journalist who lives between New York, Lagos and Accra."
"From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir gay Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity.
On his travels and sojourns Edozien explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the Continent; the impact homophobic evangelical American pastors are having in many countries, and its toxic intersection with political populism; and experiences the pressures placed on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are themselves the legacy of colonial rule - pressures that sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West.
Yet he remains hopeful, and this memoir, which is pacy, romantic and funny by turns, is also a love-letter to Africa, above all to Nigeria and the megalopolis that is Lagos."
Join Chike at the launch of his book in the UK at Gay's the Word! He will be reading from his book and be in conversation with John R Gordon.
Where: Gay's The Word, 66 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB.
When: November 23rd, 2017, 7pm-9pm.