Adukeh (‘beloved one’) is a London-based poet with Yoruba heritage. She has been performing and writing poetry for over 10 years and is passionate about the arts, particularly their ability to heal and empower through storytelling and expression.

Major themes of her work include beauty, brokenness, stillness, and healing often through the lens of her Christian faith and spiritual experiences. 

Her poetry has taken her to many venues, from cookshops and community centres to cathedrals and public squares. She has also presented her poetry as part of the Highams Park Festival of Culture and was an associate artist in Unveiling Festival 2018 and 2020. Her poem ‘He gazes at my ruins’ was selected for a performance as part of Theatre Deli’s Sharp Scratches mental health night.

She has collaborated with fellow poet Lena Norman to devise and deliver a set of events and poetry workshops around grief and creative expression. This included a panel discussion with psychotherapists, a poetry and music event, and a poetry workshop. She has worked with adults, young people and students with English as a second language (ESOL).

Adukeh has a background in participatory community arts, using video with marginalised groups to help them tell their stories and express views to decision-makers. She has devised and facilitated poetry workshops and events for organisations including Tower Hamlets and the Diocese of Southwark.