Yvonne Onakeme Etaghene

Poet In Residence 2020

Based in California, Yvonne is an Ijaw Urhobo Nigerian poet, performer, author, dancer, playwright, visual artist and fashion designer. Throughout the 2020 school closures Yvonne was our poet in residence, engaging our educators on line and designing community based poetry programmes.

Remi Vaughan-Richards

Film Programme Mentor and Curator

Remi Vaughan-Richards is a vibrant and versatile director and the recipient of several awards, most recently the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards for her documentary ‘Faaji Agba’. Remi’s mission is to create a slate of cutting edge feature films and documentaries that will focus a sharp lens onto Africa.

Toni Kan

Poetry Programme Mentor and Curator

Author of 5 critically acclaimed works of fiction and poetry including The Carnivorous City, Nights of the Creaking Bed and When A Dream Lingers Too Long, Toni Kan has ghost-written 5 biographical works.

Maryam Bukar Hassan

Poet, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur

Maryam Bukar Hassan (a.k.a Alhanislam) is a renowned poet and an exponent of the spoken word, who has performed at major festivals and events both locally and internationally. An indigene of Borno state, born on the 25th December 1996 in Kaduna State, Maryam has performed in various high level events including the Ake Arts and Book Festival, the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival, TEDx Argungu, NEXT Level U.S.A and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) conferences.

Brenda Uphopho

Performing Arts Mentor and Curator

Brenda Uphopho is an arts manager and professional arts administrator with experience in both festivals and theatre for the last 10years. Brenda is a partner and resident Producer for the Performing Arts Workshop and studios and has produced over 100 live events all over Nigeria.