Ani Kayode Somtochukwu is a scientist, writer, digital creator, and queer liberation activist. His work interrogates themes of queer identity, resistance and liberation, with a focus on African narratives of queerness and it’s varied contestations in the literary and political sphere.
He writes in both English and Igbo and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology and Biotechnology from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 2019.
Ani’s literary work is heavily influenced by his experience as a queer liberation fighter. His work centers queer and liberatory narratives, and has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies across Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.
His work has been recognised by several literary award bodies including the Awele Creative Trust Prize, the Afritondo Short Story Prize, the Erbacce Prize for Poetry, ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award, the Toyin Falola Prize, and the James Currey Prize for African Literature.
Ani Kayode Somtochukwu is a queer liberation activist and has been active in the fight for social justice since 2016 while he was still an undergraduate at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology. His medium of work includes digital advocacy, mutual aid organising, physical protest, and creative and political writing. His work focuses on organising against systems of queerphobic and class oppression.