Nigerian author highlights gay characters in new novel

A new novel by a prolific young Nigerian author features gay characters, which could help increase the visibility of the gay community and possibly lead to greater understanding of LGBT Nigerians.

Sex and Lagos City Author

Sex and Lagos City cover and caption from the interview.

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The book, “Sex and Lagos City” by Success Akpojotor, is an erotic novel set in the Lagos metropolis. It is only available in electronic format.

In a podcast interview session with NoStrings, Akpojotor, who is a graduate of the University of Benin said, “The reception of the book has been phenomenal, and I will say that Nigerians and Chinese are [its] largest consumers.”

“Sex and Lagos City” has been warmly received by many LGBT people in Nigeria who have been waiting for mainstream LGBT-friendly literature that is close to home.

Some authors feature gay elements in their work to promote sales, but Akojotor denied that he is doing that.

“My intention is to appeal to a global audience and to account for the different sexual orientations present in Africa, so it’s not about sales or money; it is a literary work of art,” he said.

“Sex and Lagos City” is promoted online with this teasing description: “Warning: This book may quench your fire. Set in the Lagos Metropolis are distinct personages tapering to one twisting end. CAUTION! CAUTION! CAUTION!”

The book features characters with different sexual orientations. Akpojotor said he is not promoting homosexuality.

“I am simply mirroring sex in the city of Lagos,” he said.

The writer also said that the book became one of the most downloaded books within 48 hours of its release on okadabooks.com – an online platform for Nigerian books.

Akpojotor is a prolific author, most of whose books have only been published electronically. 

To follow Akpojotor’s works visit the links below.

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https://twitter.com/sadavidia

To buy the book on Amazon, click HERE.

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    Kingsley 3 years

    I think the book is not just about gay, it is somehow highlighting different sexual orientations in Lagos city as it is today. Though it is quite erotica, and can even make a weak priest or nun denounce his or her oath of celibacy

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    Jon O'Connor 3 years

    Good grief! Author of this book is dirty and gory. Who writes like this? He’s worse than DJ Trump. I just finished Sex And Lagos City, and may read book 2. Maybe. Just maybe. Maybe I will. And he calls it literary work of art. SORRY MR SEX & LAGOS CITY, this is pornographic work of art. And I researched him. TOO INNOCENT TO WRITE THIS. He looks like a lamb but the devil is in him. Please, NSN, correct it to pornographic work of art.

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    Otunba 3 years

    I’ve listened to this podcast and read the bk. Mr Success (name is feminine for a masculine voice) must hshe done the following while writing this, according to him, LITERARY WORK OF ART:

    1. Smoked pot
    2. R***d his wifey
    3. Guzzled gallons of sky water
    4. Enrolled to an orgy class

    He didn’t just write. He painted pictures and right now, I’m confused on the subject of whether he’s a writer or painter. Yes, I’m confused about the subject.

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    Matthew Rostova 3 years

    Nice book. Well-penned. Greatly written. I feel like I saw a movie. Great words too.

    Bolshoe spasibo!!!

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