A poet, playwright, performer and graphic artist, Inua Ellams is used to inhabiting different worlds. Born to a Christian mother and a Muslim father, Inua spent his early years in the turbulent city of Jos in Nigeria’s middle-belt, before his family was forced to relocate. Now living and working in London, he has published three pamphlets of poetry, and his plays ‘Black T-Shirt Collective’ and ‘The Spalding Suite’ have been performed at London’s National Theatre and the Southbank Centre.
In this conversation Inua takes us on a tour of his imagination. Exploring his views on art and migration, tales of his travels through Africa’s barbershops, and his journey into the hidden corners of the city, we try to find the roots of his restless creativity.
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