Ola Osifo Osaze

Ola Osifo Osaze is a trans masculine queer of Edo and Yoruba descent, who was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and now resides in Houston, Texas. Ola has been a community activist for many years including working with Transgender Law Center in Oakland, the Audre Lorde Project, Uhuru Wazobia (one of the first LGBT groups for African immigrants in the US), Queers for Economic Justice and Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Ola is a 2015 Voices of Our Nation Arts workshop (VONA) fellow, and has writings published in Black Girl Dangerous, Black Looks, Autostraddle, and the anthologies Queer African Reader, and Queer Africa II. Ola writes to visibilize the myriad journeys and resiliency of queer/trans African migrants, particularly those straddling the worlds of West Africa and North America, and is working on a short story collection that does just that.

Losing My Father

Photograph by Ayo Akinyemi from the series “After Life”

The journey towards my truth is littered with untruths.


Like that time I denied being queer when dad asked me directly. It was right as I was starting grad school …

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