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The Sex Lives of African Women uniquely amplifies individual women from across the African continent and its global diaspora, as they speak of their diverse experiences of sex, sexualities and relationships.

Many of the women who tell their stories in this collection recall the journeys they have travelled in order to own their own sexualities. They do this by grappling with experiences of child sexual abuse, resisting the religious edicts of their childhood, and by asserting their sexual power.

From finding queer community in Egypt to living a polyamorous life in Senegal to understanding the intersectionality of religion and pleasure in Cameroon to choosing to leave relationships that no longer serve them, these narratives are as individual and illuminating as the women who share them.

The Sex Lives of African Women provides a deep insight into women’s quest for freedom, highlights the complex tapestry of African women’s sexuality, and bestows upon all women inspirational examples to live a truly liberated life.

What readers are saying about The Sex Lives of African Women:

Extraordinarily dynamic… A book like none you will have read before… Documents and legitimises the desires and sexuality of African women, beyond every conceivable stereotype… With sensitivity, this book has facilitated astonishing breaking of silences.’ The Guardian

“These personal stories reveal a mind-blowing variety of sexualities, sex lives and relationships. Fascinating.” Bernardine Evaristo, Booker Prize-winning author

‘A beautiful, delicate and sometimes brutal exploration of African Womanhood and sexuality, honest and moving. A vital treasure.’ Bolu Babalola, author of Love in Colour

Such a beautiful read, like chatting to a friend over a cuppa. This is the intimate, insightful read that I didn’t know I needed. Just brilliant.’ Dorothy Koomson, author

‘A boundary-breaking, fascinating and deeply affirming set of accounts that emphasises the necessity of allowing African women to tell the stories of their sexuality on their own terms.’ Otegha Uwagba, writer and speaker

‘A captivating diasporic work of sensual geographies. Teeming with freedom and agency. Utterly triumphant.’ Irenosen Okojie, author and playwright

I just didn’t want it to end. Each and every story is unique, powerful … A global, ambitious collection that hums with the author’s love for the subject and her interviewees.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Reviews

If you read Three Women and thought, "Where are all the non-white people?", this book has the answer
Cosmopolitan
A captivating diasporic work of sensual geographies. Teeming with freedom and agency. Utterly triumphant
Irenosen Okojie
To hear these stories told with such agency shouldn't be a novelty, but the sheer fact of their existence makes this book truly important
Bristol Life
These personal stories reveal a mind-blowing variety of sexualities, sex lives and relationships. Fascinating.
Bernardine Evaristo
I just didn't want it to end. Each and every story is unique, powerful ... A global, ambitious collection that hums with the author's love for the subject and her interviewees
Goodreads
Such a beautiful read, like chatting to a friend over a cuppa. This is the intimate, insightful read that I didn't know I needed. Just brilliant
Dorothy Koomson
Extraordinarily dynamic...Here is a book like none you will have read before. The women speak openly and invariably for the first time about their experiences of sex and relationships as they seek to claim individual agency, however that expresses itself. They share emotion-filled stories with honesty, addressing everyday personal dramas within the wider context in which self-worth and confidence are affected by racism and patriarchy, with revolution in the streets and revolution in the sheets being two sides of the same coin...With sensitivity, this book has facilitated astonishing breaking of silences
Margaret Busby, The Guardian
A beautiful, delicate and sometimes brutal exploration of African Womanhood and sexuality, honest and moving. A vital treasure
Bolu Babalola
A boundary-breaking, fascinating and deeply affirming set of accounts that emphasises the necessity of allowing African women to tell the stories of their sexuality on their own terms
Otegha Uwagba