Navigating Intersectionality: Same Sex Desire and Disidentification in Selected Nigerian Fiction


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Department of Theatre and Film Studies


This research examines how several young Nigerian novelists in the diaspora negotiate intersecting sexual desires and identities outside the main stream and in the process transform their works into fictions of cultural purposes. Intersectionality, exemplified by the sampled works of Jude Dibia, Unoma Azuah,Chimamanda Adichie and Chinelo Okparanta, interrogates Nigeria’s heterosexual ideology and substitutes homoerotica as a site of power. The sampled texts are critically read and analyzed through the socio-constructionist theories of Michel Foucault and Queer theory to reveal the link between social hierarchies and the portrayal of sexual identities. The research will evaluate the power model of social stratification and identity construction. It will underscore how Dibia and Azuah’s techniques of ‘showing’ generate concrete sexual reality and highlight the power relationships between culture, law, and religion and knowledge formation.