Jumoke Adeyanju is a multilingual writer, poet, presenter as well as interdisciplinary artist, curator and dancer. Under her alias mokeyanju, she occasionally performs as a vinyl selector and sound artist.
In 2014, Jumoke Adeyanju created the event series ‘The Poetry Meets Series’ (with live performances by Yazmin Lacey, Wayne Snow, anaiis, Baloji, aja monet, mandhla, Senthuran Varatharajah and many more). After lecturing at Alice-Salomon Hochschule and Humboldt University on ‘Necropolitics and Anticolonial Struggles’ and ‘Performing Education and Resistance (in East Africa and beyond),’ her interest shifted towards exploring the diasporic connections to various places she calls home. Since 2021/22, she has been co-curating Sensitivities of Dance and hosting her radio shows Sauti ya àkókò and the Breakfast Show on Refuge Worldwide.
Her multidimensional sound, word and movement art has been showcased or commissioned by HKW, Majestic Casual, HÖR, OHM, NCAI Nairobi, Dak’Art Biennale 2022, LagosPhoto 2022, CUNY NYC, Kölnischer Kunstverein, African Crossroads Mombasa, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and many more. Most recently she joined the curatorial ensemble for Pungwe’s ‘A SACRED STORY AT THE TREE OF LIFE’ installation at ifa gallery Berlin.
Jumoke Adeyanju writes and performs in English, German, Kiswahili and Yorùbá. Her poems and translations were published as part of the anthology “Kontinentaldrift: Das Schwarze Europa” (ed. Fiston Mwanza Mujila). In 2022, her first sci-fi short story “77. Weltstille” was published in the anthology “Kollaps und Hope Porn: 13 Zukunftsaussichten” by Maro Verlag.