Closing keynote speaker: Taiye Selasi


Taiye Selasi is a writer, photographer and published author of Nigerian and Ghanaian descent, born in London and raised in Boston. Now living in Rome and Berlin, Taiye explores our relationship to our multiple identities through her work. She understands the importance of origins and kin in shaping these identities. The perfect example of that theme herself, Taiye speaks and writes on behalf of ‘multi-local’ people who can feel at home in the town where they grew up, the city they live now, and maybe even another country, all at the same time.

Taiye holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University and a Master’s in Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Oxford. Her TED Talk, ‘Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local’, has generated nearly two million views. She was named one of Granta’s ’20 Best Young British Writers’ and her debut novel, Ghana Must Go, was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by both The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. She is currently working on her second novel.