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

Categories : Non-Fiction

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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”


The most homophobic age group in Nigeria are people 60 years and above with 77% of them saying they would not accept an LGBT+ family member.

The most accepting age group is 18-30 with only 58% saying they would not accept an LGBT family member #2019LGBTpoll https://t.co/Nv7AiaBPdZ

When I joked that I was adopting a kid, I had no idea how right I would be in the end....
This kitten 🐈 has got me kitty-proofing the whole house, I have cleaned up more shit and piss than I care to recount, and she has kept us up half the night meowing and crying...

When the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was passed in 2013, 92% of Nigerians polled were in support of the SSMPA. This year, only 75% of Nigerians still support the SSMPA.
The most intolerant zone being South West with 80% of respondents in support of the law #2019LGBTpoll https://t.co/q27PXTLAUK

“When I hear stories of people using DNA to prove that you are a Jew, or French, or Greek, or Finnish, I feel like the Nazis lost the war, but they won the victory of an ideology of essentialist identity through the blood.” https://t.co/fh0G9nCyf5

All the time. I've kept a piles of books since September 😭 https://t.co/UDQ4vvZqgR

It's been a while since I enjoyed a long read

Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps? https://t.co/kXLx3JIVD0

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”


The most homophobic age group in Nigeria are people 60 years and above with 77% of them saying they would not accept an LGBT+ family member.

The most accepting age group is 18-30 with only 58% saying they would not accept an LGBT family member #2019LGBTpoll https://t.co/Nv7AiaBPdZ

When I joked that I was adopting a kid, I had no idea how right I would be in the end....
This kitten 🐈 has got me kitty-proofing the whole house, I have cleaned up more shit and piss than I care to recount, and she has kept us up half the night meowing and crying...

When the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was passed in 2013, 92% of Nigerians polled were in support of the SSMPA. This year, only 75% of Nigerians still support the SSMPA.
The most intolerant zone being South West with 80% of respondents in support of the law #2019LGBTpoll https://t.co/q27PXTLAUK

“When I hear stories of people using DNA to prove that you are a Jew, or French, or Greek, or Finnish, I feel like the Nazis lost the war, but they won the victory of an ideology of essentialist identity through the blood.” https://t.co/fh0G9nCyf5

All the time. I've kept a piles of books since September 😭 https://t.co/UDQ4vvZqgR

It's been a while since I enjoyed a long read

Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps? https://t.co/kXLx3JIVD0