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A poem that migrates through tongues | Femi Nylander | TEDxSkoll



Colonialism has its own language: the tongue that the conqueror uses to subjugate and the tongue that the oppressed use to protect their own identities. In this amazing lyrical journey across six languages, Femi tells the painful story of colonialism and its enduring artifacts today.

Femi Nylander is an actor, musician, poet and activist. Born in the UK but with Nigerian heritage, he has spoken at universities around the country, appeared on the BBC’s The Big Questions and written for a variety of publications; from The-Platform to The Guardian. His poetry is eclectic, covering a range of topics including the environment, the legacy of colonialism and the nature of the universe.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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