A book of Nigerian LGBT stories, told in their own words, in hopes that their voices will be heard.
Interview-based stories, so like Studs Terkel’s Hard Times for instance.
On the 7th of January, 2014, the Nigerian government passed a law that practically approved state-sanctioned homophobia. Since then, Nigeria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) population have lived in mortal fear and damaged self-worth. They believe that if their stories could be heard, maybe they would draw empathy and understanding from their fellow compatriots.
My name is Unoma Azuah, a professor of English at Lane College, USA and a Nigerian by birth. Please help me fund “Blessed Bodies,” an anthology of Nigerian LGBT stories, captured in their own words.
The project will involve interviews with a diverse group of Nigerian LGBTs who reside in Nigeria and the diaspora. I have already started on my own but need support to continue. I humbly request the sum of $5000 which will cover:
· Flight fares to, from and around Nigeria ($2500)
· Accommodation, feeding and logistics ($600)
· Publication (e-copy and hardcopy) ($1500)
· Publicity ($400)
I hope that by this book, people around the world will have a first-hand insight into the plight of the LGBT Nigerian, and ultimately inspire calls for constitutional and policy reforms that protect the fundamental human rights of this marginalized community. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, and respect.
To find out more about me, please visit my website www.unomaazuah.com or read some of these articles below. Thank you.
She gets raves on Rate My Professor.