Wana Udobang is a storyteller and artist working at the intersection of writing, poetry, performance and film.Her works seek to create visceral connections between communities globally, to see themselves and be heard. As a poet, she has three studio albums Dirty Laundry, In memory of forgetting and Transcendence which interrogate memory, healing and re-imagination.
For her work in journalism she has been awarded numerous fellowships including the International Women’s Media Foundation Fellowship and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship for Cultural reporting. With stories centering women’s rights, culture and the arts, her writings have appeared on the BBC, Aljazeera, The Guardian, Observer, CNN and other international media. Her film works include Nylon, a short documentary on grief and Warriors; a series of video portraits on people living with sickle cell disease.
She has spent the last 5 years developing and curating Culture Diaries; an archival project and Pan-African artist network which uses multi-platform interviews to document African artists. In addition to receiving international acclaim, Culture Diaries has attracted partnerships from organisations such as the Goethe institute and North-western University.
Wana is frequently invited to speak and teach workshops on creativity, communication, culture, digitality and the arts. She is a 2021 University of IOWA International writing residency fellow.
She loves travel, food, wine, art and adventure.
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