Bayo Akomolafe

Guest Artist

Dr. Bayo Akomolafe—Yoruba philosopher, psychologist, professor, and poet—is a widely celebrated speaker and an award-winning public intellectual and essayist. He is the author of two books, These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home and We Will Tell Our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak! He is also the Visionary Founder of the Emergence Network and is currently writing his third book, The Times Are Urgent, Let Us Slow Down, about the spirituality and emancipatory lessons of the transatlantic slave journeys. Akomolafe hopes to inspire what he calls a “diffractive network of sharing” and a “politics of surprise” that sees the crises of our times through a posthumanist lens. In 2014, Akomolafe left his lecturing position at Covenant University in Nigeria to be the special envoy of the International Alliance for Localization (USA), a project of Ancient Futures. He currently lectures at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California and the University of Vermont.

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