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. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Yari Yari Ntoaso - African Women's Literature Conference Accra, Ghana May 2013

A week ago I came back from a very special treat: the Yari Yari Ntoaso - Continuing the dialogue conference. It was held in Accra, Ghana from 16 -19 May 2013. It was a special gathering of fierce, wonderful, funny, smart, kick-ass women and it will resonate with me for a long time.
I will add to this entry (this is a quick draft), here just a quick upload to show you some of the treats from the book table and a link to the live stream where you can still catch up on the presentations. Video Catch Up

Zetta Elliott, who is a prolific and inspiring writer, resonated strongly with me when she talked about her birthday party pledge where we can actively commit to gifting multicultural and Black children's and young adult books. A much needed initiative to enrich what kids read and how they grow up reflecting on themselves and reality.

Angelique Nixon presented from her wonderful visual art and poetry collection Saltwater Healing and also about the project Ayiti Resurrect.

Rosamond King was on of the performers during the conference. I sadly missed her slot but was able to get one her book At My Belly My Back. She was also one of the gracious hostess and organizers who seemed to be everywhere at the same time, productive, patient and fabulous.

A special thank you goes out to Latasha Nevada Diggs without whom I would have not known about Yari Yari in time to make the journey there possible (sharing is caring!). Her awesome poetry collection Twerk is one of the treasures I brought back from Ghana.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Berlin: Also by Mail rehearsed reading June 1st, 2013

Also By Mail

Staged Reading of an Excerpt of a New Play by Nigerian-German Playwright Olumide Popoola (in English).

Featuring Dela Dabulamanzi, Clementine Burnley,Noah Hofmann, Mirjam Nuenning, Asad Schwarz-Msesilamba and Thabo Thindi Dramaturgy and text preparation by Sharon Dodua Otoo and T. Vicky Germain

9:00 pm - 
Doors open 20:00
Food and drink available
Many thanks to AICY & MIMI for the location *

* A fundraising event for the Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (ISD Bund) e.V. 

photo from rehearsed reading in Hamburg 29th of March, 2013.
l to rAsad Schwarz-Msesilamba, Dela Dabulamanzi, T Vicky Jones, Thabo Thindi, Noah Hofman, Adekunle Oluwaseunfunmi (hidden), Olumide Popoola and Sharon Dodua Otoo (in front with back to camera)