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Titilope Sonuga (@titilope) is an award-winning poet, writer and performer based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the first poet to appear at a Nigerian presidential inauguration, performing an inaugural poem, We Are Ready, at the May 2015 ceremony.
She was the winner of the 2011 Canadian Authors’ Association Emerging Writer Award for her first collection of poems, Down To Earth. Her second collection Abscess was published in 2014 by Geko Publishing (South Africa). Her work has appeared in Brittle Paper, The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, was translated into Italian for El-Ghibli Magazine, and into German for the Berlin International Poetry Festival.
She read alongside Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez, Yusef Komunyakaa, Bassey Ikpi and Chinua Achebe at the first poetry showcase of the Achebe Colloquium on Africa at Brown University.
She was shortlisted for the Africa Center Artist in Residency (AIR) program in 2015 and was an Open Society (OSIWA) Foundation Resident Poet on Goree Island, off the coast of Senegal in the same year. Her work was published in the OSIWA anthology, Soaring Africa, along with twenty select poets from across the African continent.
She was a speaker at TedxEdmonton in 2014 and was the 2015 - 2016 ambassador for Intel Corporation’s She Will Connect Program in Nigeria.
She played "Eki" in the NdaniTV hit television series Gidi Up, which airs across Africa.
She is the recipient of the 2018 Edmonton Arts Council Large Project Grant to produce her next spoken word album “Swim”
Her collection of poetry This Is How We Disappear is forthcoming with Write Bloody North in the spring of 2019.
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