She Called Me Woman

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“We decided to put together this collection of thirty narratives to correct the invisibility, the confusion, the caricaturising and the writing out of history.”

This stirring and intimate collection brings together 30 unique narratives to paint a vivid portrait of what it means to be a queer Nigerian woman. Covering an array of experiences – the joy and excitement of first love, the agony of lost love and betrayal, the sometimes-fraught relationship between sexuality and spirituality, addiction and suicide, childhood games and laughter – She Called Me Woman sheds light on how Nigerian queer women, despite their differences, attempt to build a life together in a climate of fear.

Through first-hand accounts, She Called Me Woman challenges us to rethink what it means to be a Nigerian ‘woman’, negotiating relationships, money, sexuality and freedom, identifying outside the gender binary, and the difficulties of achieving hopes and dreams under the constraints of societal expectations and legal terrorism.

She Called Me Woman is full of beautifully told stories of resistance and resilience, joy and laughter, heartbreaks and victories, collecting the realities of a community that will no longer be invisible.


Editors: Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan and Rafeeat Aliyu | Print ISBN: 978-1911115595 | E-Book ISBN: 978-1911115601 | Format: Flapped paperback | No. of Pages: 344 | Pub. Date: 26th April 2018

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    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    Azeenarh Mohammed is a trained lawyer and a queer, feminist, holistic security trainer who spends her time training non-for-profit organisations on tools and tactics for digital and physical security and psycho-social well-being. Azeenarh is active in the queer women’s issues in Nigeria and has written on queerness and technology for publications like This is Africa, Perspectives, and Premium TimesNG.

    Chitra Nagarajan is an activist, researcher and writer. She has spent the last 15 years working on human rights and peace building and is involved in feminist, anti-racist, anti-fundamentalist and queer movements. She currently lives and works in Maiduguri, Nigeria, focusing on conflict mitigation, civilian protection and women’s rights.

    Rafeeat Aliyu is a writer and editor and content development consultant. She is also a documentary film producer, her first documentary “Things We Carry” was produced 2017 and centred on the impact of death, grieving and loss on young Nigerians. Rafeeat’s fiction has appeared in the AfroSF anthology of African science fiction, Expound magazine, Omenana and Queer Africa 2. Her story “58 Rules To Ensure Your Husband Loves You Forever”


    I'm absolutely appalled at exclusionary feminist organisations. Just floored that they exist...with heads held high

    Anyone else feel there’s something very gendered in how we talk about Theresa May? First she is likened to a robot for lack of emotion (unwomanly) then it‘s about her crying (finally shows emotion!). I really can’t imagine we would talk about any male politicians in this way. https://t.co/6nLBRl4LTk

    Replies spell out physical & psychological impacts on military personnel & families in US - despite having veterans programmes.
    Spoken with many Nigerian soldiers experiencing trauma with *no* assistance.
    Why I include mental health every time I speak about the Nigerian military. https://t.co/zRPTtuSEwc

    Quoted in this story on links between climate change and security looking at Mali, Syria, Sudan and the countries around Lake Chad (Cameroon, Chad, Niger & Nigeria) and drawing on research we've spent 2 years working on... https://t.co/1baRyB81qK

    *saves to inspiration folder https://t.co/IlIuFfRE1Y
    Buen Chico @Monsiuer_T
    This chick came to work in a carriage 😂😂😂 #UBAAfricaDay2019 https://t.co/ot1i3ilF6e

    Watch this movie!! https://t.co/tvVMlg2ot3
    Kingsley @kingsleyyy
    Moonlight is now on Netflix. I yelled at all my friends who didn’t go support it and now y’all have NO excuse. What a masterpiece!! 😪😪 https://t.co/TiKBrGWVPP

    Azeenarh Mohammed is a trained lawyer and a queer, feminist, holistic security trainer who spends her time training non-for-profit organisations on tools and tactics for digital and physical security and psycho-social well-being. Azeenarh is active in the queer women’s issues in Nigeria and has written on queerness and technology for publications like This is Africa, Perspectives, and Premium TimesNG.

    Chitra Nagarajan is an activist, researcher and writer. She has spent the last 15 years working on human rights and peace building and is involved in feminist, anti-racist, anti-fundamentalist and queer movements. She currently lives and works in Maiduguri, Nigeria, focusing on conflict mitigation, civilian protection and women’s rights.

    Rafeeat Aliyu is a writer and editor and content development consultant. She is also a documentary film producer, her first documentary “Things We Carry” was produced 2017 and centred on the impact of death, grieving and loss on young Nigerians. Rafeeat’s fiction has appeared in the AfroSF anthology of African science fiction, Expound magazine, Omenana and Queer Africa 2. Her story “58 Rules To Ensure Your Husband Loves You Forever”


    I'm absolutely appalled at exclusionary feminist organisations. Just floored that they exist...with heads held high

    Anyone else feel there’s something very gendered in how we talk about Theresa May? First she is likened to a robot for lack of emotion (unwomanly) then it‘s about her crying (finally shows emotion!). I really can’t imagine we would talk about any male politicians in this way. https://t.co/6nLBRl4LTk

    Replies spell out physical & psychological impacts on military personnel & families in US - despite having veterans programmes.
    Spoken with many Nigerian soldiers experiencing trauma with *no* assistance.
    Why I include mental health every time I speak about the Nigerian military. https://t.co/zRPTtuSEwc

    Quoted in this story on links between climate change and security looking at Mali, Syria, Sudan and the countries around Lake Chad (Cameroon, Chad, Niger & Nigeria) and drawing on research we've spent 2 years working on... https://t.co/1baRyB81qK

    *saves to inspiration folder https://t.co/IlIuFfRE1Y
    Buen Chico @Monsiuer_T
    This chick came to work in a carriage 😂😂😂 #UBAAfricaDay2019 https://t.co/ot1i3ilF6e

    Watch this movie!! https://t.co/tvVMlg2ot3
    Kingsley @kingsleyyy
    Moonlight is now on Netflix. I yelled at all my friends who didn’t go support it and now y’all have NO excuse. What a masterpiece!! 😪😪 https://t.co/TiKBrGWVPP