Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Performance Poet, Writer & Publisher
Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian performance poet, writer and publisher and the 2007 recipient of Ghana’s national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy. His début novel ‘Tail of the Blue Bird’ was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize and his work has been translated into Italian, French, Chinese, Dutch, German and Arabic.
I first met Nii back in 2013 at a workshop for a client of ours and he left a lasting impression. A few years on, it’s been wonderful to catch up with him and unpack the experiences and perspectives in life that make the words that he uses to speak and write so powerful.
During this session, we talk about work, life and parenthood from a Pan-African perspective, interpreting poetry and his journey having left his corporate career for a life in creative writing, arts and social commentary.