Bassey Ikpi

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Bassey Ikpi in 2016

Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born American spoken-word artist, writer, and mental health advocate. She has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry five times and her poetry has opened shows for Grammy Award-winning artists. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Telling The Truth But I'm Lying.


  • It is the poets who tell the stories in a rhythm that forces the masses and the aristocracy to listen.

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