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Since the inception of the Queercity podcast in 2018, we have steadily grown, from a bathroom midnight recorded one, to that over 50 episodes published on all major podcasting platforms across the universe. The podcast which has not just been an output of audio contents, but a place of community healing and resource. As a 2020 recipient of OUT IN TECH‘s five years website hosting program, we have sought to use that opportunity to create a free resource center which is our E-library, where we published books, comics, and an anthology by PRIDE TV.
In the last one year, we have partnered with quite a number of Queer and Ally led organizations on projects that fosters social acceptance and visibility of queer persons in Nigeria, and West Africa at large. Few of which includes Abuja Literary and Arts Festival 2020, IDAHOBIT (Breaking The Silence) with Bisi Alimi Foundation and The Future Africa Award’s 2020 Prize For Difference & Diversity.
In 2020, we ranked Number 18 in Naija Podhubs Top 50 Nigerian Podcasts with listeners from a total of 72 countries across the 7 continents of the world. In june 2020, we were able to provide queer people who were at the frontline of activities in the pandemic with bottles of Hand sanitizers, and we trained a total of 100 persons digital illustration, Graphics designing, and Podcasting.
As we rolling into 2021, We look forward to having Hotel Alabama the audio documentary being available freely on our website. The five episodes audio documentary is currently available for pay-for-play on EHTV network since July last year. Do check out our instagram and twitter for more info. Our magazine Qube is also undergoing rebranding and should also be available on prints for free if we are able to get enough financial support.
During the Pandemic, we envisaged The Shelle list , A list inspired by the indigenous Nigerian Street Queer Culture, “The Word “shelle” finds it root in one of the country’s spoken languages, Yoruba. Where the word “shelle” is coined out of the phrase “se eleya”, which means “to be mocked”. Over years, the Nigerian Queer community and the Africa Queer community have had to thrive under the shadows, with exceedingly amazing persons, and act. Surviving through the very grasps of being seen as a disgrace. the resilient power of the queer community” would be celebrated on this year’s Shelle list”.
With Spotify now available in Nigeria, one can now listen to Queercity podcast free of charge, simply by downloading the Spotify app. Available on android and iOS. The Fourth Season of the podcast which seeks to explore more silenced narrative of Queer Nigerians and West Africans, through Discussion, Interview and Storytelling would air it’s First episode by the 31’st of March, 2021 and would run into the month of pride. To Volunteer for our activities this year, contact us.
While we prepare ourselves for the big season, we implore you hit the subscribe button on your favourite podcast player, or you visit our website. To help us keep creating, you can use our donate button, or buy from our Merch store. For Sponsorship and Advertisements on this season, contact us.
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