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Volcano's Birthright{s}, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene's one-woman show
La Pena Cultural Center
Berkeley, CA
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Volcano's Birthright{s}, Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene's one-woman show
Written and performed by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene, Volcano's Birthright{s} is a one-woman, multi-media theatrical production that fuses poetry, choreography, film and music. In an intimate setting, this Nigerian dyke poet and daughter of immigrants illuminates her experience of love and heartache, art and activism, culture and roots. Fly spits raw poetry and unleashes uncensored monologue at once seething with rage, deeply humorous and intensely loving Volcano's Birthright{s} is bleeding with humanity.  In the face of genocide and war, this work asks of itself and the world: are poems enough?

Artist BIO. Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, essayist, playwright and actress who was born with a mouth full of dynamite and sugarcane. She uses her poetry to chisel a verbal sculpture of her soul for listeners while addressing issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, war, imperialism, love, self-esteem and family. Etaghene has self-published three collections of poetry, toured nationally and performed in over 30 U.S. cities.

She was interviewed by and is a Contributing Writer to None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa, a sound documentary project that collects the stories of QLGBT Africans from the African Continent and the Diaspora. Her one woman show, Volcano's Birthright{s}, debuted in May 2009 in New York City. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who has produced 4 solo art exhibitions. For more information about her work & future performances please visit: Her performative work can be found at:



La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
United States

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Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Arts > Visual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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