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Saturday, April 17 • 11:00 - 11:50
Gender and Sexuality in African Speculative Fiction; Questioning Ogbanje and Concept of Chi

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In Igbo, gender is flexible depending on your behavioural and social conditioning. During initiation into the masquerade fraternity, it's reserved for men but some headstrong and powerful women take part in this ritual. Before the advent of Christianity and still now, women get married to women in most cases when their husbands are dead and they didn't give birth to a male child. Igbo culture had female masquerades/spirit, worn by men as they displayed to the entire community.

The concept of Ogbanje is believed that children die at the childbirth and are reincarnated as the same or different gender. This might play a role on the child's sexuality. And for Chi, there is a guardian spirit "chi" guiding everyone of Igbo Origin. When one die, their flesh does but their sprit wanders to another person. Those Chi inflected with Ogbanje spirits are rebelling through various ways.


Obinna Ochem

Obinna Tony-Francis Ochem is a freelance writer, who navigates through gender, class, sexuality, climate change and shape shifting monsters. He is alumni of the Lolwe Fiction Workshop facilitated by Zukiswa Wanner and SpringNG '20 cohort writing mentorship programme. His works are... Read More →


Saturday April 17, 2021 11:00 - 11:50 UTC