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Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  9 reviews
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 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 ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published November 24th 2017 by Team Angelica Publishing
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Lorraine
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GREAT lives of great men. I am amending the title.


Great book. Greatly written. Raw and unflinchingly truthful. Not for the queasy. Not for the fainthearted. If you are a prude, a bigot, for heteronormativity, you will lose out on these great stories. Stories about communities supporting and nurturing each other. Stories about the concequesnces when communities turn on their own the Salem whitch-hunt style. Stories of perseverance and persecution. Stories about human dehumanising humans. Stories
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Sarah Schulman
First African gay memoir that I have read. Fascinating range of experiences and perspectives.
Alessandra
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
“At this point, even though I’d been raised to never challenge elders or authority figures, particularly him, I am firm in my belief that no one has the right to, in my mind, belittle me. The hard years abroad and alone have shaped this worldview. Respect cannot be assumed; sometimes it has to be a earned.”

And that is without a doubt what this book deserves: Respect. Frankie Edozien brings his experience as a decades-long reporter to tell stories of gay men living in Africa and trying in their
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Marta
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reading this book is kind of like running into the author at a party, and having him talk at you about:

-his jet-setting
-his dear, dear, friends who are amazing and love him
-the cool/exclusive clubs/restaurants/house parties/resorts that he has attended in the coolest neighborhoods/cities all over the world!
-his catty opinions about people who, honestly, seem way more fun to hang out with than this guy, b/c at least they didn't write this meandering, self-serving memoir, am I right?

The acceptable
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Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
' it’s been ten years plus since we last met. Even after all this time our bodies haven’t lost the fetal magnetism for each other.’ — @livesofgreatmen


Lives of Great Men by Chike Frankie Edozien is a beautifully written memoir chronicling the lives of great men and womxn from the continent. The book is skillfully written to journal the extraordinary lives of LGBT people. It uses history, language and ordinary stories to capture the lives of people who look like us. It also provides social
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Joe
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Memoir from an untold point of view.
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In Lives of Great Men, Frankie Edozien tells the story of his own life, from his first homosexual experiences in boarding school in Nigeria through to his current life as a journalism professor at NYU, happily ensconsed in Brooklyn with his Japanese-American physician husband. But this memoir is much more, focusing as well on the stories of the close friends and sexual partners who remain in west Africa, many of whom are married with children but keep same-sex partners on the side. And it’s also ...more
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