The Podcast


: African. Of/or connected with Africa


: rejection of normative definitions of gender and sexuality

AfroQueer is a podcast from AQ Studios telling the stories of Queer Africans from across the continent and diaspora.

Our podcast celebrates queer love, and explores the laws affecting our lives, migration, media, race, class, censorship, family and sex (obviously). Along the way, we also share some bitter truths of what it means to be Queer and African, but also spotlight individuals shifting the landscape of African queerness.

In Season One, we travel to South Africa to unpack race, class and geography at Africa’s oldest Pride; investigate the decades old murder of lesbian activist FannyAnn Eddy in Sierra Leone; talk to gay men blackmailed while using Grindr in Kenya; hear from couples about to get married; and listen in on some of your coming out stories.

Season One of the AfroQueer Podcast is made possible with the support of the British Council.

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The Team

Selly Thiam
Host & Executive Producer


Selly is a journalist, oral historian and producer whose work has appeared on NPR, PBS, New York Times, and Storycorps. She is the founder and Executive Director of None on Record, a digital media organization documenting stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Africans.

penny dale 

Penny is an award-winning audio documentary-maker from Zambia. She loves history, photography and helping people tell their own stories. She worked for 20 years as a reporter and producer in many African countries for the BBC World Service.

Tevin Sudi  
sound design

Tevin is the Head Sound Editor  at AfroQueer. He makes sure that the show has its’ signature sound. When Tevin is not at AQ studios, you can find him producing music for various Kenyan artists or singing at any karaoke bar in Nairobi.