Why 'A Nasty Boy' magazine is causing a stir in Nigeria

Story highlights

  • A new Nigerian online magazine 'A Nasty Boy' is ruffling feathers
  • Editor Richard Akuson wants to explore and celebrate 'otherness' in fashion, people and culture

(CNN)Bold, disruptive and totally unapologetic, a new Nigerian online magazine 'A Nasty Boy,' is set to ruffle a few feathers.

"Sometimes our visual content will not be safe for the workplace... we won't make it any easier for you with our provocative editorials and swear words; take it in good spirits," read's the magazine's disclaimer.
    The magazine is filled with provocative images, featuring nude models, articles contain swear words and avant-garde ideas.
    In Nigeria, a conservative country, where public expressions of nudity are uncommon, 'A Nasty Boy' is unsurprisingly causing controversy.
    But for editor Richard Akuson, the publication is sending out a clear message: he's not interested in fitting the status quo.

    'There has to be room for people that don't fit in'

    Growing up, Akuson says he was bullied for being different.
    "I was always called a boy-girl," Akuson told CNN.
    "In university, I was called a yansh man which means a guy with a big butt...my classmates thought I was too polite, in their words too polished and that was not the way guys were meant to be."
    It was this idea, that a man or woman is meant to behave in a particular way, that Akuson sought to challenge through 'A Nasty Boy.'