Rigid gender norms in Nigeria’s religiously conservative society are being challenged by a website dedicated to documenting unconventional lives

Richard Akuson, a law student whose online magazine is questioning rigid gender norms in Nigeria’s religiously conservative society, understands the nature of the challenge all too well. He has lived it.

“In Nigeria, as in many other places, people treat a very narrow version of masculinity as if it is sacred, as if to challenge it is immoral,” says the 23-year-old.

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