Loading Events
Stanford Live

An Evening with an Immigrant—Canceled

January 23–24
Bing Studio

Courtesy of artist

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 at age 12, moved to Ireland for three years, and then returned to London to work as a writer and graphic designer.

Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing solo at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home.

More from Stanford Live

See full archives