About Nairobi

Nairobi is a prolific writer and a passionate performance poet. She is an all-round talent performing different styles of poetry from traditional rhyme to colourful blank verse patois. She has had the privilege of writing and performing for Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Carmen Munroe MBE and Lord Ouseley. Nairobi has a rare ability to challenge and entertain her professional and artistic audiences by using her portfolio of skills to transform the way we think.

After years of writing and developing her art she burst on to the London scene few years ago and rapidly became a regular and popular feature. She has her own brand of One Woman Show – ‘An Evening with Nairobi’ where she explores various themes using different styles of poetry. Her shows are interactive, challenging and funny and this is why they are always SOLD OUT!

​Nairobi has launched her first spoken word album entitled 'Defiant' which has been described as 'highly entertaining' and 'inspiring' by her fans who also call her ‘a poet of our time’.

She is featured in the documentary ‘Looking for Love’ by Menelik Shabazz – director, producer, educator and writer; acknowledged as a pioneer in the development of independent Black British cinema.

​She has published a number of pamphlets and in 2015 NuJak Media published her academically endorsed book ‘Bayonets, Mangoes and Beads’ – a collection of poetry retelling WWI and WWII from the perspective of the many African and Caribbean men and women who served.

Nairobi has also worked with award winning film maker and director Souleyman Garcia to produce 3 short films showcasing her poetry.

She is a sought after event host and workshop facilitator where she draws on her thirty years of learning management design and delivery skills to keep audiences energised and engaged. When asked to describe herself she quotes Chaka Khan’s classic ‘I’m Every Woman – It’s All in Me!’ Refusing to be typecast as a romantic poet or social commentator, she says she simply likes to write, share and help others.

"People say my poetry has helped them to heal; has motivated them to keep trying when they felt like giving up; some of my pieces have made people belly laugh till they cry. I write to agitate, sooth and excite; and will do so for as long as my work is meaningful to me and to others."


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"This woman is gifted. Her composition and presentation of words is amazing"

Jaye Marshall

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