Wana Udobang is a multi-disciplinary storyteller working at the intersection of writing, poetry, performance and film.Her works seek to create visceral connections for people and communities 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, familial bonds, healing and joy. She has been commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Deutsches Museum and Heritage Bank as well as performed her work across Africa, Europe and North America.
She has been awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation Fellowship and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship for Cultural reporting. Her writings have appeared on the BBC, Aljazeera, The Guardian, Observer and CNN. 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 storytelling to document African artists. Wana is frequently invited to speak and teach on creativity, communication, archiving, culture, arts and digitality. She is a 2021 University of IOWA International writing residency fellow.
She loves travel, food, wine, art and adventure.
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