TEDxYouthBrum 2019 Speakers Line-Up
YASMINA NUNY is a poet from Guinea-Bissau. She was born in Portugal and was brought up in different African countries before going to the UK for her studies. She began performing in 2016 at open mic events around Birmingham and owes a lot to the second city for her development as an artist. She has since been featured at events like Heaux Noire (London), Funkenteleky (Birmingham) and the Verve Poetry Festival R.A.P. Party (Birmingham). Yasmina has also had her poetry published in two other Verve collections, including The Poetry Jam Anthology Wild Dreams & Louder Voices (2018) and Nafeesa Hamid’s Besharam (2018).
Ruth Kokumo [Performance]
Ruth Kokumo is a neosoul singer-songwriter based in Birmingham, where you can find her singing alongside her guitar and band. She takes vocal inspiration from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone and musical inspiration from legends like Fela Kuti and James Brown. Ruth recently released her first set of singles including Conquer and You Don’t which smoothly captures the emotions witnessed her live performances. Last year Ruth completed a tour of Helsinki where she was warmly welcomed and expecting to return after the release of the EP she’s currently working on called Ruby. You can follow Ruth Kokumo’s journey with music on her social medias and you can find her music on all major digital platforms.
I work for Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm and I'm a founder of How Is Africa, a social enterprise that created an open blogging platform for African youth. Radio host in my former life, I designed community development initiatives in East Africa and built an education programme in digital citizenship for Google UK. I'm passionate about creating multimedia content, innovation for social impact and storytelling as a vehicle for empathy in the time of unprecedented technological change.