A Nasty Boy

A Nasty Boy Magazine (founded on February 19, 2017) is Nigeria's first LGBTQ magazine. The publication chronicles and celebrates underground stories, people, and voices through the lens of Nigeria's marginalized LGBTQ community—in a country where it is criminal to queer. A Nasty Boy was founded by Richard Akuson, a Nigerian lawyer, fashion journalist, writer, editor, and PR executive. In June 2017, A Nasty Boy was featured in a CNN article[1] that launched it to the international spotlight. Soon afterward, Dazed declared[2] the publication as Nigeria's most controversial fashion magazine, and Vogue [3] editors listed A Nasty Boy on their What to Read this Fall as selected by Vogue editors. The magazine has since enjoyed fawning profiles on The Guardian,[4] BBC,[5] The Observer,[6] The Economist, i-D,[7] OkayAfrica, Mic,[8] amongst many others.


Championing Diversity

For Pride 2017, A Nasty Boy collaborated[9] with WeTransfer and, creative network, The Dots to showcase the next generation of LGBTQ creative talent making waves around the world.

Nasty 40 List

In 2018, for A Nasty Boy's inaugural list,[10] the Nigerian publication highlighted 40 creatives who are disrupting the norm through art, photography, writing and more. The list featured artists such as Ruth Ossai, Adebayo Oke Lawal, Papa Oppong, Yagazie Emezi, and Rich Mnisi.

New Leadership

In January 2020, founder Richard Akuson announced that award-winning journalist Vincent Desmond would take over as the new editor and publisher of the magazine.[11]


  1. ^ Idowu, Torera. "Is this Nigeria's most controversial magazine?". CNN. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  2. ^ Dazed (2017-06-29). "Get to know Nigeria's most controversial fashion magazine". Dazed. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  3. ^ "What Vogue Editors Will Be Reading This Fall". Vogue. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  4. ^ Akinwotu, Emmanuel (16 November 2017). "Nigeria's Nasty Boy: 'People in my law class thought I worked for a porn site'". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2019.
  5. ^ "The male models wearing dresses in Nigeria". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  6. ^ "The new magazine in Nigeria daring to subvert gender norms". The France 24 Observers. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  7. ^ Wheeler, André-Naquian (August 1, 2017). "'a nasty boy' magazine is challenging what masculinity means in nigeria". i-D. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "This Nigerian fashion magazine is dedicated to dismantling gender stereotypes". Mic. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  9. ^ "I needed something that would make a lasting impression". WePresent. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  10. ^ "A Nasty Boy Magazine's 'Creative Class of 2018' Highlights 40 African Creatives Who Are Disrupting the Status Quo". OkayAfrica. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  11. ^ "A Nasty Boy Founder Richard Akuson Announces Vincent Desmond as New Editor & Publisher | Exclusive & Interview". Brittle Paper. 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-07-07.