Bio: Confidence Omenai
Confidence Omenai, is a Nigerian-American poet, playwright, voice actor, clothing designer, mother of five, and breaker of chains. Her work explores death, rebirth, racism, fracturing the queen/whore dichotomy, martyrdom on the altar of motherhood and marriage. For fifteen years she has worked, shared stages with and curated shows for hundreds of artists across the nation. She represented Slam Nuba at the Women of the World Poetry Slam for three consecutive years from 2015-2017, twice ranking in the top ten of more than a hundred performers from across the globe. She is the author of Did You Die, Though?, Poems Pay For Passports, Seven Coffins and Shake Sumthin’. She is an artist and activist facilitating writing workshops, performing, and encouraging radical self-interrogation around the country at universities, high schools, middle schools, maximum security prisons, juvenile facilities and more. She is a TEDxMileHigh Speaker, Le Maison de Baldwin Fellow, Pink Door Fellow, and Oklahoma State University Alum. Her work appears in A La Palabra: The Word is a Woman: Mothers & Daughters. She currently resides in Denver, creating transformative work across genres, dancing on her dining room table, singing loud, off key and clearing the way for her rebellious great granddaughters, who will rule the earth in her name.