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On Saturday, Elysha and I will be producing our next Speak Up storytelling event at Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. The theme of the evening is Schooled: Lessons Taught and Lessons Learned.

Doors open at 7:00. Stories begin at 7:30. The event is free, and no ticket is required.

Eight storytellers will take the stage and tell true stories on the assigned theme. During this week, we will be featuring each storyteller here in order to give you a peek at what to expect on Saturday night.

We hope to see you there! 


Okey Ndibe is a former Fulbright Scholar and currently a visiting professor of Africana literature at Brown University. He earned an MFA and PhD from UMass, Amherst.

He is the author of the novels foreign gods, inc. and Arrows of Rain. He also co-edited a book titled Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa. Since 1999,

Okey has written a column on Nigeria’s political, social and cultural affairs that is widely syndicated by Nigerian newspapers and numerous websites. His unsparing stance against official corruption in Nigeria earned me inclusion on a government list of “enemies of the state.”

A widely traveled lecturer and raconteur in Nigeria, Okey frequently give lectures and readings in Africa, Europe, and on college campuses in the US and Canada. In 2010, the Nigerian Peoples Parliament elected him as speaker.


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