Friday, April 14, 2006

jude dibia's 'walking with shadows'

Jude Dibia is the author of a new novel, Walking With Shadows. With a foreword by Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, the debut novel deals with the inner demons of a Nigerian man who is gay. It's been described as "A thought provoking tale of denial and the politics of African male sexuality" that "doesn't beg you to make apologies for homosexuals nor does it preach the sanctity of heterosexual relationship but forces you question your own humanity and tolerance."

Dibia discussed Walking With Shadows on The Word programme on the BBC World Service earlier this week.

An excerpt
"I have come to learn," Adrian began. "That being gay has nothing to do with the physical action of sex nor a person’s sexual preference be it with the opposite sex or same sex. Sleeping with a man or woman will always remain the individual’s choice. I am gay because it is who I am. It is the way I see the world. It is the way I reason and live. It is waking up in the morning and going to bed at night. It is listening to music and loving it. It is watching a movie and wanting to see it over again. It is laughing when I am happy and crying when I am sad. It is appreciating the simple things life brings and not the act of sexual intercourse. Sex on its own is a physical expression of love or lust. I could love a woman because of the qualities she possesses and still be gay. A man can be gay all his life without actually sleeping with another man. Can you understand this?"

Can you? Read the excerpt - from chapter 10 of Walking With Shadows - in full, online.

10 Comments:

Anonymous onyeka nwelue said...

When I read this book...it was like...is the author a gay?

Anyway, let me not be so foolish. But the book is daunting.

3:46 pm, April 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started this book with some skeptism, but was soon drawn into the story.

For what it's worth, this is a powerful Nigerian story, very different form all the other new works out there. In some places I cried while reading this book. I finally understood to an extent what gays go through... The passage quoted by Molara was one of the profound statements in the novel. If you have a chance read this book!

Regards
Chioma Chime

4:07 pm, April 14, 2006  
Blogger St Antonym said...

And, now, a book like this would be criminal in Nigeria.

The author would be jailed, the publisher would be jailed, even Molara Wood would be jailed for promoting it.

Nigeria has just taken a frightening step down the path to fascism.

See "Black Looks" for more details.

4:56 pm, April 14, 2006  
Blogger j said...

Thank you Ogbeni Antonym. It may not surprise most educated people that this government's strategy did not take root today. It commenced even before the birth in 9ja of military dictatorship. The most notable characteristic has been the denial of equality to a specific segment of the population where I recently overheard somewhere Obasanjo being against same sex marriages. That is fascism for us, to destroy those of us it deems undesirable. MW I love our blog.

NB: Just to introduce myself, I am not Jeremy of naijablog. Just a fan of his. I am also a fan of st antonym.

5:23 pm, April 14, 2006  
Blogger j said...

*MW I love "your" blog. My mistake.

6:06 pm, April 14, 2006  
Anonymous basketmouth said...

This is an eye opener

6:47 pm, April 14, 2006  
Anonymous hungryreader said...

where can I get (fast) a copy?

6:49 pm, April 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J if you are resident in Nigeria you can get a copy at the Terra Kulture in Tamiu Savage street VI. Otherwise do as I did, go to lulu.com/content/127582. Hope this helps!

Chioma Chime

7:00 pm, April 14, 2006  
Anonymous onyeka nwelue said...

The book is a call for freedom...anyway, an American writer published something on the internet, saying that 'all men are gays'.

Can you imagine that?

4:58 pm, April 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molara can you get an exclusive interview with Jude Dibia? I would need to know a bit more about this new author!

Nneka N

8:55 am, April 22, 2006  

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