WORDS: Spoken, Sung and Written
Kehinde’s writing is effortlessly authentic, witty and moving in equal measure...[her] stories both demand and deserve to be staged - London Pub Theatres
Justina Kehinde's poetry draws strongly on oral performance, and is often a direct exploration of social concerns including mental health, diasporic identity, womanhood, hybridity, political and social injustice and history. In 2019 she performed at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Iceland for the international conference on #MeToo where Prof. Angela Davis described her work as ‘powerful’. Winner of the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry prize for a poem on female genital mutilation (2012), in 2014 she was a national finalist of the Hammer & Tongue slam poetry competition, and the 2015 Cambridge Anti-Slam. Her TEDx keynote 'Write your Own Story', explores Britain's unacknowledged colonial history, while her poem 'On Beauty' was recorded and published as part of the 2015 collection The Fifty Project. She has been commissioned by the Women's Equality Party, the International Justice Mission, Powerful Media and the Icelandic Government and she's also written a few wedding and birthday poems too. She would love to write a piece for you so don't hesitate to get in touch.
In 2018 Justina Kehinde wrote and directed her debut play UMUADA which headlined at the King's Head theatre following a co-written scratch which debuted at the Bunker in November 2017. Exploring mental health, migration and motherhood, it received an overwhelmingly positive response and she is currently in the process of extending it into a full length production. Between 2012-2017 she contributed to and was the deputy editor of independent women's magazine, MAGNIFY exploring the intersections of faith, feminism and fashion.
Justina Kehinde is an award-winning jazz singer, who has sung with the English Chamber Orchestra and at venues and organisations such as 808, The Royal Albert Hall, Bogobiri House (Lagos) and the BBC. She is available for private functions and events so please contact through the site