31 episodes

AfroQueer is a podcast about Queer Africans living, loving, surviving and thriving on the African Continent and in the Diaspora.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 87 Ratings

AfroQueer is a podcast about Queer Africans living, loving, surviving and thriving on the African Continent and in the Diaspora.

    Being Bebe

    Being Bebe

    About 20 years ago, Marshall Ngwa moved from Cameroon to the US. He followed his instincts and became one of the country’s hottest drag artists, BeBe Zahara Benet. 

    BeBe’s first-ever performance was with Cyndi Lauper and in 2009 he won the first-ever RuPaul’s Drag Race.

    His extraordinary journey to that point and beyond has been captured in a documentary called ‘Being BeBe’. It was made by Emily Branham and filmed over 15 years. 

    In this episode, AfroQueer host Selly Thiam sits down in conversation with BeBe, to explore his childhood in Cameroon, becoming the first RuPaul’s Drag Race champion, and the film Being BeBe. 

    You can watch Being BeBe on Apple and Amazon Prime - broadcast premiere June 21st on Fuse. Also go to the film website beingbebemovie.com/ to find out where else you can watch it wherever you are in the world.

    This episode was written and produced by Penny Dale. Sound editing by Tevin Sudi.  AfroQueer is executive produced by me, Selly Thiam.

    AfroQueer is a production of AQ Studios.

    Our theme song is Pawa by Maia and the big sky.

    AfroQueer is supported by The Wellspring Philanthropic fund and The Ford Foundation.

    You can follow us on all social media platforms @AfroQueer Podcast and listen to all our episodes on our website,.afroqueerpodcast.com or anywhere you get your podcasts.

     

    • 24 min
    My Ghost

    My Ghost

    In this episode, we’ve collaborated with Logan February and turned their essay into an audio short story. We first heard the Nigerian non-binary poet and songwriter Logan February read this essay during AfroQueer’s online festival in 2020. It's a beautiful, intriguing and very personal piece of writing that explores one of their queer experiences in Nigeria. And explores the experience of being ghosted.


    This excerpt is called My Ghost, adapted from their work - THE MANIA OF QUEER DESIRE: IN PRAISE OF FEVER RAY’S PLUNGE - and it’s read by Kenzy Nna-Udosen.



    The music in this episode is Fever Ray's album Plunge.


    This episode was produced by Penny Dale and Selly Thiam. Written by Penny Dale and narrated by Kenny Nna-Udoosen. Sound editing by Mercy Barno and Tevin Sudi. AfroQueer is executive produced by Selly Thiam and is a production of AQ Studios.


    Our theme song is Pawa by Maia and the big sky.


    AfroQueer is supported by The Wellspring Philanthropic fund and The Ford Foundation.


     

    • 16 min
    AfroQueer Presents: S***hole Country - 1 Corinthians 10:23

    AfroQueer Presents: S***hole Country - 1 Corinthians 10:23

    In this episode, we feature a feed drop trade with a podcast we really love, S***hole Country, an audio memoir set in Ghana during the 2017 holiday season. It's produced Radiotopia presents, a podcast feed debuting limited-run, artist-owned series from new and original voices.


    The narrator Afia, a middle-aged woman living in California, has spent the past few weeks visiting her family in Ghana. She’s wrestling with a major life decision: should she leave America and accept her parents’ offer of a home in Accra? Something big is keeping her from saying yes. And in this episode, she finally shares what it is.


    You can listen to S***hole Country episodes in podcast directories or at radiotopiapresents.fm and follow @radiotopia on all social media platforms to discover more shows from their network.


    S***hole Country is written, narrated, and sound designed by Afia Kaakyire, and produced by Afia and Mark Pagán. Julie Shapiro and Audrey Mardavich are executive producers. Cover art by Sindiso Nyoni, and the theme song, “Home,” is by Ria Boss.


    Follow them on Instagram @radiotopia and Twitter @radiotopia 


    AfroQueer is a production of AQ Studios, executive produced by Selly Thiam, and produced by Penny Dale. Tevin Sudi and Mercy Barno are our sound editors and Rachel Wamoto is our social media manager.


    Our theme song is Pawa by Maia and the big sky.


    AfroQueer is supported by The Wellspring Philanthropic fund and The Ford Foundation.


     

    • 37 min
    Shivanah‘s Story

    Shivanah‘s Story

    In 2019, a young lesbian singer-songwriter from Uganda was struggling financially after breaking up with her partner of 6 years. With a child to support, Shivanah was desperate to make ends meet. And so when a former backup dancer told her that an agent could get her work performing in a club in Dubai, she jumped at the chance. This is truly a story of survival. A warning: in some parts, the details are graphic and troubling.


    Thank you to Shivanah for sharing her story and music, Sophie Otiende for the role played by her and everyone at Azadi in helping Shivanah escape the traffickers and reintegrate into society.


    Azadi is a survivor-led organization that offers long-term support and capacity development to survivors of human trafficking. To learn more about the Azadi, click here.


     


    This episode was produced by Penny Dale and Selly Thiam. Written by Penny Dale. Sound editing by Mercy Barno and Tevin Sudi. Rachel Wamoto is our social media manager.  AfroQueer is executive produced by Selly Thiam and is a production of AQ Studios.


    Our theme song is Pawa by Maia and the big sky.


    AfroQueer is supported by The Wellspring Philanthropic fund and The Ford Foundation.

    • 25 min
    Fighting For A Happy Ending

    Fighting For A Happy Ending

    Over the past few years, African films - documentaries, features, and animations - have started to attract international attention and are being celebrated by audiences abroad. But at home they are causing a stir in a different way - and they are running into trouble with film classification and censorship boards. Many LGBTQ films have been banned. This episode goes behind the scenes of groundbreaking films made in two of Africa’s biggest film-making countries - Nigeria and Kenya.


    This episode was written and produced by Penny Dale, with input from Maeve Frances and Aida Holly-Nambi.


    Selly Thiam is our executive producer, Rachel Wamoto our social media manager, and Tevin Sudi our audio editor.


    AfroQueer Podcast is produced by AQ Studios and Edited on Hindenburg Systems. 


     


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    Website: afroqueerpodcast.com
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/afroqueerpodcast


     

    • 25 min
    Ghana 21

    Ghana 21

    2021 has been a really rough year for Ghana’s LGBTQI people. Police raided and shut down a queer community center in Accra; 21 people attending a paralegal workshop in the city of Ho were arrested and locked up for 21 days before the case was dropped; and eight MPs have come up with draft legislation that, if adopted, makes it a crime just to be queer or a queer ally. But the LGBT community are fighting back - with a #KilltheBill campaign


    Edem Robby, a Ghanaian filmmaker, reports on what’s been happening and why - and, in a rare interview, she sits down with some of the so-called Ho 21 to hear the horrifying story of their arrests.


     


    This episode was reported by Edem Robby. Produced and written by Penny Dale. Our Story Editor is Kerry Donahue.


     


    AfroQueer is executive Produced by Selly Thiam


     


    Rachel Wamoto is our social media manager, Tevin Sudi, and Mercy Barno are our audio editors.




    Listen to Human being (Just like you) by Wanlov The Kubolor here.


     


    Optionally, listen to the episode on these streaming sites :


     


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    iTunes: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/afro…er/id1411257149
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    Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/6ZHmsTo9TgL…84RQyHZsRM6B4U9Q


     


    Engage with us :


     


    Instagram: www.instagram.com/afroqueerpodcast/
    Twitter: twitter.com/Afroqueerpod
    Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCnaXCpXBwxmp44Ch-zqUGFw
    Website: afroqueerpodcast.com
    Patreon: www.patreon.com/afroqueerpodcast


     


     

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

a satisfied instagramer ,

An Amazing and Reaffirming Podcast

As a queer African, hearing these stories shared through this podcast has been nothing less of reassuring for me. The struggle we face is very nuanced and I absolutely love hearing about the different intersectional issues the LGBTQ+ community a part of the African Diaspora face. I highly recommend this podcast— it offers both context to our strife and bits of joy amongst our fight.

PrincessSNL ,

Podcast Excellence - African and Queer

I love this podcast. These are my people and they can easily be your people too: interesting stories from parts of the world from which you do not usually hear. And the podcast is so well produced too. Seriously. I wish there were more episodes but absence makes the heart grow fonder 🤎

essie365 ,

Great podcast!

Love this this podcast. It’s really great journalism and I’m glad they’re focusing on African lgbtq+ people.

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