100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Does Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene ever sleep? That´s the question you have to ask yourself after reading this young woman´s impressive resume. She´s a performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright, actress, video artist and mixed-media visual artist who has toured with one-woman shows, produced art exhibitions, written and directed poem videos, published chapbooks and released a music and poetry album. ″Poetry is my first language and is the most natural way for me to express my soul,″ she says. ″Poetry opens our hearts in ways that few things can and is a powerful space within which I express truths that provide room for the liberation of all our spirits.″ This summer she´s releasing her first novel, For Sizakele, and has plans for a second album of poetry, Nigerian Dyke Realness, in 2015. Says Etaghene, ″The most rewarding thing about my work is that I get to inspire people, put light in their eyes, and affirm the feelings inside them that they didn´t know someone else felt. That´s an amazing feeling.″-GH

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