Join us for a special event celebrating our city’s Nigerian heritage.

Thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Nigerian Community Association of Bradford and New Leaders Network have carried out a long-awaited project to develop a historic account of personal stories of migration from Nigeria to Bradford.

Young volunteers interviewed elderly members of Bradford’s Nigerian community and their stories have been captured in a specially commissioned book, Nigerian Voices, and an accompanying documentary.

This event features a screening of the documentary, an African drumming display, along with youth officer for the Nigerian Community Association BradfordDavid Odunukwe and contributions from British-Nigerian poets, Joshua Idehen and Indigo Williams, who will discuss the influence of their community on British society and culture and the many ways in which their heritage has shaped their own writing.

About The Speakers

Joshua Idehen

Joshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British born Nigerian, Joshua was the founder of one of the most successful poetry events in London, Poejazzi. His poetry has been published alongside Linton Kwesi Johnson and Anthony Joseph and he has performed at festivals and respected venues across the UK and Europe. He is a member of electro/R&B band: Hugh.

David Odunukwe

David Odunukwe is a youth officer for the Nigerian Community Association Bradford (NCAB) which ran the Nigerian Voices project to develop a historic account of personal stories of migration from Nigeria to Bradford. Born in Nigeria of mixed heritage, David has managed a number of community development programmes. He is also an arts and culture addict.

Indigo Williams

Indigo Williams is a British Nigerian poet, writer and Spoken Word Educator from Brixton. She is passionate about the ways art can transform the way we perceive the world and its ability to facilitate critical consciousness. She is one half of the art collective, I Shape Beauty, an art collective that creates installations using poerty, costume, textile, visual art and projection mapping. Indigo has performed and work featured at Tedx Brixton, Tedx UCL, Glastonbury, BBC Radio 4 Bespoken Word and across the UK and Europe.

About The Chair

Oshione Ekpeh

Oshione Ekpeh is a British born community leader of dual heritage. Her strength  is working with young people and developing innovative projects focusing on culture and diversity. She is a committee member of New Leaders Network, one of the key organisations involved in the Nigerian Voices project.