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Publisher's Summary

A Dorothy Koomson Book of the Year

An Economist Book of the Year

A Brittle Paper African Book of 2021

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.

©2021 Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"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)

"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)

"Nothing less than stunning. Essential read! I couldn't put it down." (Nicole Dennis-Benn, best-selling author of Patsy and Here Comes the Sun)

"Every single story leaves you feeling deliciously empowered." (Lola Shoneyin, author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

"Touching, joyful, defiant - and honest." (Economist, Books of the Year 2021)

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I loved the honesty of this book told through all the women's stories and vulnerability

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What a beautiful tribute

It is so wonderful to start a book hoping to find yourself and leave it to be reminded that healing and sexuality look different for everyone. What a beautiful tribute to the expanse of Black African women.