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We are thrilled to host the launch of the ground breaking collection of intimate accounts and stories of pleasure and sexual freedom from African women across the globe, The Sex Lives of African Women. Please join us in conversation with author of the  Sex Lives of African Women, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah who will share our virtual platform with the incomparable Deesha Philway, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. In her review of the The Sex Lives of African Women, Philyaw described the book as a marvelous "collection of raw, tender stories [that] captures the breadth and depth of the Diaspora with the intimacy of looking in a mirror." 

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About Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah:

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah  is a feminist activist, writer, and blogger. She is the cofounder of Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, an award-sinning blog that focuses on the African women, sex and sexualities. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, openDemocracy, and elsewhere. She works with the Association for Women's Rights in Development as director of communications and tactics. She lives in Accra, Ghana. 

About Deesha Philyaw:

Deesha Philyaw's debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020/2021 Story Prize, and the 2020 LA Times Book Prize: The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies focuses on Black women, sex, and the Black church, and is being adapted for television by HBO Max with Tessa Thompson executive producing. Deesha is also a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and will be the 2022-2023 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

About The Sex Lives of African Women 

In these confessional pages, women control their own bodies and desires, work toward healing their painful pasts, and learn to assert their sexual power. Weaving a rich tapestry of experiences with a sex positive outlook, The Sex Lives of African Women is an empowering, subversive book that celebrates the liberation, individuality, and joy of African women’s multifaceted sexuality.

From a queer community in Egypt, to polyamorous life in Senegal, and a reflection on the intersection of religion and pleasure in Cameroon, feminist author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah explores the many layers of love and desire, its expression, and how it defines who we are.

Sekyiamah has spent decades talking openly and intimately to African women around the world about sex for her blog, “Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women.” For this book she spoke to over 30 African women across the globe while chronicling her own journey toward sexual freedom.

About The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

The nine stories in The Secret Lives of Church Ladies  feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.

With their secret longings, new love, and forbidden affairs, these church ladies are as seductive as they want to be, as vulnerable as they need to be, as unfaithful and unrepentant as they care to be, and as free as they deserve to be.

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