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Poetry exploring Boko Haram, Deserts & Redemption in Northern Nigeria

Inua Ellams

Event: Geneva Peace Talks Goes Digital 2020
Location: Livestreamed Online
Date: 21/09/2020

Poet and playwright Inua Ellams, reads two moving poems, F*** Boko Haram and F*** Deserts, from his new book The Actual. Inua explores the reality faced by young boys in Northern Nigeria and artfully hints at the opportunity they have at redemption, to find inner peace and choose their own destiny, not the one decided by the extremist group.

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Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of: The Midnight Run (an arts-filled, night-time, urban walking experience.) The Rhythm and Poetry Party (The R.A.P Party) which celebrates poetry & hip hop, and Poetry + Film / Hack (P+F/H) which celebrates Poetry & Film. Across his work, Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional West African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics, paint with pixel, texture with vector. His books are published by Flipped Eye, Akashic, Nine Arches & Oberon.