It has been a rather eventful few months since AfroQueer Podcast was last live on your favourite podcasting sites: AfroQueer became a 2019 honoree for a Webby Award in the Best Series category for Podcasts and Digital Audio, we were one of only six podcasts globally selected to join the inaugural Google Podcasts Creator Program – AfroQueer will also be hosted on the Google Podcast platform too. Our stories are also going international! One of the stories in this season was featured on the Netflix podcast series, Tales of Your City.
To bring you stories from different perspectives and cultures, we had to go around Africa, curating and producing the stories of queer people on the continent for season 2 of AfroQueer that launched last month.
We are excited to present this season to you for a number of reasons as Selly Thiam, Executive Producer and Host of AfroQueer says, “You’re going to hear stories from more countries across the Continent. We’re going to be charting the decriminalization process here in Kenya and all over Africa. We’re going to have some love stories and stories of family resilience.”
This season, AfroQueer will build on the powerful storytelling in Season One to bring you more stories from queer Africans living and thriving in Africa and the Diaspora. One story follows a young queer Somali woman named K, who is forced into a rehabilitation center in Mogadishu in an attempt to change her sexuality. Other episodes include: the story of how homosexuality came to be criminalized in many former British colonies; one man’s quest to find the director of Dakan, one of the first films by an African director to tell the story of gay love; and the search for freedom for a Ugandan LGBT refugee in Kenya as he negotiates the world around him.
So, tune in. We’re always happy to have you listen and engage with us.