RADICAL FASHION MAGAZINE CHALLENGING NIGERIA'S DEFINITION OF MASCULINITY

Published on by Timothy Sessanga (author)

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Nasty Boy is a fashion website documenting the myriad queer identities of Nigerians.

In a country where homosexual acts can be punished with 14 years in prison, this provocative website featuring photos of men in mini-skirts is simply pushing the boundaries and exploring masculinity. 

Founded and edited by 23-year-old Richard Akuson, the online magazine represents a glossy world in which boys caress freely on the beach, boys wear mascara and everyone is dressed to the nines. 

Richard Akuson said: "It does feel gratifying knowing that through A Nasty Boy, we're able to expand the definition of what it means to be Nigerian. It is a huge responsibility, but it is one I'm proud to bear."

The images are undoubtedly provocative, but never sordid, and their quality is on a par with the major fashion magazines on sale in Europe and North America.

Richard claims that Nigerian men typically have a “huge, huge ego”, and that his work is intended to hold up a mirror.

“Nigerian men are always on edge to protect what they define to be masculinity: you have to be strong,” he said.

“No compassion for others, and a lot of money. The paradox is that it makes them very fragile at the end, behaving like bullies.”

After his initial web offering, Richard now plans to launch a print magazine to extend his brand.

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