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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Pambazuka Press (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857490990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857490995
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sokari Ekine is an educator, a writer, and a contributor to "Pambazuka News." She is the coeditor "African Awakening: The Emerging Revolutions." Hakima Abbas is the executive director of Fahamu, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of organizations and social movements that inspire progressive social change. She is also the editor and author of "Aid to Africa: Redeemer or Coloniser?"

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I approached this volume with a little trepidation, as many of the contributions are quite academic, but actually I found it (in the main) very readable & full of interest, and often very moving. It's intended to be a conversation by Africans with Africans, and so there's much debate (both political-pragmatic and conceptual) about problematic Western influences, including not only the obviously negative influence of the (neo)colonial legacy but also the Western mindset behind the framing of notions of human rights and the at-times presumptuous & problemamtic approaches of NGOs in advocating for LGBTQI people. However, this is in no way a collection of victim narratives: the emphasis is on self-empowerment and uplift.

Unusually, despite a brief opening piece by murdered Ugandan activist David Kato, in this volume women and trans voices predominate, which gives the book a different and particular focus and energy from many LGBT anthologies, in which men's voices predominate. It doesn't aim to - indeed actively resists attempting to provide - a single unified narrative or grand theory of LGBTQI liberation for the continent, and the contributors are by no means always in agreement.

As well as academic and political pieces, there are personal memoirs (in the main focused around activism) and identity pieces; and also some poetry and fiction. Some of this is excellent, some less so - but it provides a human level to the anthology: to be brought into the worlds of the characters, (as for instance in Diriye Osman's exellent 'Tell the Sun not to Shine'), as opposed to listening to people hold forth.
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