Sex Lives of African Women


Saturday 23 October, 14:30 – 16:00 BST
Venue: Knowledge Centre Theatre and British Library Player
Tickets: Included in Saturday Day Pass

With Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Desta Haile, Hibaq Osman and lyds. 

Searingly honest, courageous and vulnerable stories of sex, sexuality and freedom told by African women.

The Sex Lives of African Women is a groundbreaking book. The result of years of interviews of women from across the continent, the stories plunge into sexuality, relationships, freedom and self-discovery. The readers are taken on an intersectional journey through polygamy, queer communities, polyamory, religion and beyond. Each one a unique exploration of African women’s experience of sex and love in all its manifestations. Singles, swingers, second wives – each tale sweeps through different universes of what could be, and what is, even if not openly. With humour and panache, The Sex Lives of African Women might make your jaw drop more than once. Join Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah for this in-person discussion for all the information, complication and intimacy that the book shares.

This is a hybrid event which you can experience either in-person or through live stream on the British Library Player. The safety of our audiences are paramount, if you choose to attend in-person please note we will still be implementing socially distanced measures. Be prepared for an exciting evening brought to you with your safety and comfort in mind.*




About Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah:

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a Ghanaian feminist activist and award-winning blogger. Co-founder of blog Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, Sekyiamah is the Director for Communication at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development. Sekyiamah has written for The Guardian, This is Africa and Open Democracy. Sekyiamah spoke at the 2015 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda, and the 2016 Aké Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria.The Sex Lives of African Women was published by Dialogue in 2021. 


Image: (L-R) Sex Lives of African Women and Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Africa Writes 2021 returns from 4 – 24 October. You can join us in celebrating the imagination, pleasure and activism within contemporary African literature either online, at 180 The Strand and the British Library. Learn more about the programme here.


*Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will no longer have BSL interpretation. If you booked for this event and need the service, please contact Marcelle Akita on for a refund or a complimentary ticket for Inherited: All Our Names.