The Sex Lives of African Women


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The Sex Lives of African Women uniquely amplifies individual women from across the African continent and its global diaspora, as they speak of their diverse experiences of sex, sexualities and relationships.

Many of the women who tell their stories in this collection recall the journeys they have travelled in order to own their own sexualities. They do this by grappling with experiences of child sexual abuse, resisting the religious edicts of their childhood, and by asserting their sexual power.

From finding queer community in Egypt to living a polyamorous life in Senegal to understanding the intersectionality of religion and pleasure in Cameroon to choosing to leave relationships that no longer serve them, these narratives are as individual and illuminating as the women who share them.

The Sex Lives of African Women provides a deep insight into women’s quest for freedom, highlights the complex tapestry of African women’s sexuality, and bestows upon all women inspirational examples to live a truly liberated life.

Drawing both from the African continent and the global diaspora, Sekyiamah’s revelatory volume highlights the varied sexual experiences and preferences of African women and the journeys – both mental and physical – that they have undergone to own their sexuality. – Waterstones

What readers are saying about The Sex Lives of African Women:

Extraordinarily dynamic… A book like none you will have readbefore… Documents and legitimises the desires and sexuality of African women, beyond every conceivable stereotype… With sensitivity, this book has facilitated astonishing breaking of silences.’ The Guardian

“These personal stories reveal a mind-blowing variety of sexualities, sex lives and relationships. Fascinating.” Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author

‘A beautifuldelicate and sometimes brutal exploration of African Womanhood and sexuality, honest and moving. A vital treasure.’ Bolu Babalola, author of Love in Colour

Such a beautiful read, like chatting to a friend over a cuppa. This is the intimate, insightful read that I didn’t know I needed. Just brilliant.’ Dorothy Koomson, author

‘A boundary-breakingfascinating and deeply affirming set of accounts that emphasises the necessity of allowing African women to tell the stories of their sexuality on their own terms.’ Otegha Uwagba, writer and speaker

‘A captivating diasporic work of sensual geographies. Teeming with freedom and agencyUtterly triumphant.’ Irenosen Okojie, author and playwright

I just didn’t want it to end. Each and every story is unique, powerful … A global, ambitious collection that hums with the author’s love for the subject and her interviewees.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a feminist activist, writer and blogger. She is the co-founder of Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, an award-winning blog that focuses on African women, sex and sexualities, and she writes frequently for The Guardian, Open Democracy, and elsewhere. She works with the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) as director of communications and tactics. She lives in Accra, Ghana.

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