Your name is your crown, so wear it

What’s in a name? In this captivating performance of “Sugarcane,” poet Toluwanimi Obiwole reveals the origin of her own name, her struggle to embrace it, and her mother’s wisdom.

How to Make a Whole City Your Home

What makes a place feel like home? In this moving performance, Toluwanimi Obiwole shares how she discovered love and community in a foreign city.


Toluwanimi Oluwafunmilayo Obiwole is a Nigerian-born, Colorado-raised poet, organizer and educator, holding a degree in Ethnic Studies. She was Denver’s first Youth Poet Laureate in 2015-2016 and continually tours/performs nationally. In 2016, she co-wrote and co-starred in a play called How I Got Over which was featured at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. In 2017 she was announced as one of The Root’s 25 Young Futurists. She was a member of Slam Nuba organization from 2015-2017 and now functions as the co-director. She is a previous TEDxMileHigh speaker and is the author of two chapbooks: OMI EBI MI, and How to Become a Lightning Storm. She writes, hoping to cultivate her own black girl magic while creating space and a platform for people who have yet to realize that their voices are necessary.

What sparks your curiosity?

I curious whenever I see patterns in nature, myself or community, and can make connections between disciplines and worlds.

What inspires awe and fascination for you?

I am constantly inspired by my ancestry and all the cultural elements that help me paint a more complete picture of myself.

Hobbies / Passions / Fun Facts

I love knitting, I believe that the intro to “Drop it Like it’s Hot” by Snoop Dog is the greatest musical intro of all time.