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About Us

Dgëku is a premier literary magazine founded to celebrate and amplify writings and art by queer Africans. Here an African is broadly defined to accommodate citizenship by birth, ancestry, or the fact of history.

Dgëku [a noun] is a complication of the Igbo verb jeku , which implies crossing a line and leaving footprints as evidence of presence while forging a community.

Dgëku publishes poetry, fiction, photography/art, a wide range of nonfiction writings, including personal essays, cultural/literary criticism, dispatches from the diaspora, long-form interviews/conversations, and more.

Our magazine spins at the intersection of creativity and community. Given that most African countries remain hostile to their queer citizens, dgëku nurtures new voices while preserving our presence and legacies against erasure.

Our mission is to celebrate and center African creatives who identify as LGBTQ+, thereby expanding the borders of public discourse around afro-queer identity.