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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright and actress who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Her one woman show, Volcano's Birthright{s}, debuted in May 2009 in New York City.

Volcano's Birthright{s}
Written and performed by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Volcano's Birthright{s} is a one-woman, multi-media theatrical production that fuses poetry, choreography, film and music.  In an intimate setting, this Nigerian dyke poet and daughter of immigrants illuminates her experience of love and heartache, art and activism, culture and roots.  Fly spits raw poetry and unleashes uncensored monologue at once seething with rage, deeply humorous and intensely loving…Volcano's Birthright{s} is bleeding with humanity…In the face of genocide and war, this work asks of itself and the world: are poems enough?