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Theresa Lola

Theresa Lola is a British Nigerian poet and facilitator, and is the current Young People’s Laureate for London.

She is an alumni of the Barbican Young Poets programme, and was joint winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. In April 2018 she was commissioned by the Mayor of London's Office to write a poem for the unveiling of Millicent Fawcett's statue in Parliament Square, which she read at the ceremony.

She has facilitated poetry workshops at St Mary's University, as well as primary and secondary schools. Her debut poetry collection In Search of Equilibrium (Nine Arches Press, Feb 2019) is described as ‘a glorious hymn to being alive and wounded’.


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oriana jemide

Oriana Jemide is a British Nigerian performance poet and fine artist whose work focuses on bringing hope and healing through telling relevant and relatable stories. She is passionate about women, faith, creativity and emotional healing and wants to see more young people walking in their identity. Here continues to be an archive documenting the struggles of coming into that identity combining storytelling and instructive poetry. In March, she released her first book, called ‘When Will You Let Yourself See?’, which is an accumulation of poems and musings targeting areas of identity pertaining to mainly faith. She continues to want to explore what it means to be a person of faith in the 21st century in a way that is authentic to free those around her that have been stifled by rules, religious systems, and societal expectations.




With a versatility that has provided him a platform to write for television and film as well as perform to politicians, corporate executives, educational institutes, and festival crowds, Kimba uses his gift with words to paint pictures that capture hope in the midst of despair, framing life as a journey full of opportunity for greatness through the grace of God.