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
A nationally award-winning public speaker, Justina Kehinde's poetry draws strongly on oral performance, and is often a direct exploration of social or personal concerns including mental health, diasporic identity, womanhood, hybridity, political and social injustice and history. In 2012 she won the Benjamin Zephaniah Poetry prize for a poem on female genital mutilation. In 2014 she was a national finalist at the Hammer & Tongue slam poetry competition, and has also performed comedically, winning the 2015 Cambridge Anti-Slam. Her TEDx keynote 'Write your Own Story', explored 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 performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Latitidue Festival, Brainchild Festival, been featured on Sky 1's prolific Arts programme, 'What's Up TV' and performed for the BBC. In 2016 she performed at the home of slam poetry, the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe, in NY, receiving a perfect score. She has been commissioned by the Women's Equality Party, the International Justice Mission and Powerful Media 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 first original 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.