Friday, May 09, 2014

Performance evening ICA (London) 31 May 2014

I'll be reading from my forthcoming novel at the following event:

'Get Off My Back Will You and Give Someone Else a Chance' 
hosted by Jay Bernard.

31 May 2014, 7.30pm (£5 / Free to ICA Members)

An evening of readings, performances and screenings by international poets and performance artists including:

Ollie O'Neill
Ng Yi-Sheng
Olumide Popoola
Evan Ifekoya
Andra Simons
AfroOdyssey III (2013), a film by Adejoke Tugbiyele and Olushola A. Cole

Thursday, May 08, 2014

'this is not about sadness' review in Wasafiri by Natsayi Sithole

I'm more than delighted to come across this great review of my book 'this is not about sadness' by Natsayi Sithole in Wasafiri (Volume 28, Issue 1, 2013)

...Popoola’s novella is unique in its ability to indulge the reader in the vernacular richness of London’s immigrant communities, thrashing sound together in a way that imitates both intimate conversation and the noise of the city. On the whole the text is relentless in terms of narrative motion. The reader is moved from conversation to conversation, thought to thought, and character to character at pace. Popoola creates a kind of lyrical emulation of the metropolis as multitudinous accents and cultures which reside so closely together begin to bleed into one another, creating the possibility of new understandings and new modes of expression...

Read the whole review here

Monday, February 03, 2014


I'll be reading at the fabulous Numbi night on Saturday 8th, 2014.


Sat 8 February 8pm, Rich Mix, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

£12, £10 adv, £5 concs / Main Space

NUMBI is back, Sexier, livelier, funkier, this February we kick off the year celebrating the deliciousness of Afropolitan Dandies.The trademark music, the warm ambience and the utterly gorgeous performers you’ve come to love – but with more spice added to keep you warm! In the poets’ corner, we have NUMBI Residents Artist the ever-regal  Dorothea Smartt, the bright- brilliance of Olumide Popoola and the inimitable genius that is Kayo Chingonyi. We also bring you Le Rouge  et Le Noir a transcendental poetry and cello duo consisting of poet David Harries and Mayda Narvey on the cello. + special guest.
On the decks we have DJ Dapper D (Debbie Smith), throwing down the hottest dance tunes this side of the equator.Your host for the night will be Numbi Resident Artist and Poet Elmi  Ali guiding you through our line up of fierce and fancy and  introducing 'YOUTH' our Scarf theme the year 2014.


Twitter: @numbiarts



Thursday, January 30, 2014

mercy killing. a poem

While we are angry and disappointed with the recent passing of the Anti-Gay Bill in Nigeria (although it is named anti- same-sex marriage bill the title is merely masking what it is: anti-gay prosecution) here a poem written a few years back in response to the proposed Ugandan homosexuality bill.

To all those who have spoken out against all form of homo- and transphobia. especially in response to the recent backlash on the African continent: I salute you! Silence has never protected anyone, yet it can be so difficult to speak out when wall of ignorance seems so solid. It is each and every voice that makes the difference.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Decolonize Munich: panel discussion & reading, 16 Jan 14, 7.30pm

Donnerstag, 16. Januar 2014, 19:30 Uhr

Uns selbst dekolonialisieren? Afrikanische und diasporische Perspektiven

Podiumsdiskussion zur AusstellungDECOLONIZE MÜNCHEN

freedom roads! | Spuren Blicke Stören | Georges Adéagbo

Wo finden Analyse und Widerstand zu postkolonialen Realitäten heute in Deutschland statt? Wer treibt den Diskurs voran? Nimmt die Öffentlichkeit daran teil? Zu den Entwicklungen der letzten Jahre äußern sich Fachleute aus unterschiedlichen Disziplinen.

Mit Dr. Marion Kraft, Autorin und Literaturwissenschaftlerin, Bielefeld
Prof. Jacob Mabe, Professor für Philosophie, Berlin
Abdel Amine Mohammed, Politikwissenschaftler, Berlin und
Olumide Popoola, Dichterin und Performerin, London
Moderation: Nadine Golly, Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaftlerin, Institut für integrative Studien Lüneburg

Veranstalter: Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München
Ort: Stadtmuseum München, Sammlung Musik
Eintritt frei


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Also by Mail: Rehearsed reading in Luton, Dec 5th, 7.30pm!

A modern family comedy-drama following the experiences of Nigerian German siblings Funke and Wale as they fly to Nigeria to bury their suddenly deceased father.

Recommended for ages 12+

Run time: 120 mins (including 15 mins interval plus Q&A)

December 5th, 7.30pm 
Luton Hat Factory
65-67 Bute Street
Luton LU1 2EY

A new play by novelist, poet and performer Olumide Popoola.
Also by Mail is a comedy drama, published in February 2013 by Witnessed (edition assemblage). It has had staged readings in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin (Germany). Luton is the first UK event.

This play tells the tale of Nigerian-German history.
When Mr Ogunleye returns to Nigeria he leaves his two African German Children behind to cope with everyday racism without his guidance or protection.
When they travel to Nigeria to bury him, the reunion with the other family members from Lagos and London is strained by diverse experiences, expectations and hopes, resulting in frustration, misunderstanding and breakdown.
In the end an unexpected intervention will either bring the family together or split them apart for good.