Inua’s first pamphlet of poems was published in 2005, two years after he began performing poetry on stage heavily Influenced by hip hop music and poetry by the Romantics. Musicality and heightened mellifluous speech mixed with Nigerian storytelling has come to typify his work. Once described as the love child of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and John Keats, his reoccurring themes are Identity, Displacement and Destiny. He has performed at The Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, mainstream radio and t.v., toured nationally and internationally performing in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, New Zealand, America and in England, at the Glastonbury, Latitude, The London Word, Richmond Literature, Aldeburgh Poetry Festivals. In 2015, he was The National Poetry Library's poet in residence.
His poetry is widely published, notably in his pamphlets: Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales (flipped eye), Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars (flipped eye), The Wire-Headed Heathen (Akashic Books) in The Poetry Review Summer 2016, Best British Poetry (Salt) 2015, The Salt Book of Younger Poets 2012, Chorus (MTV Books), City State (Penned in the Margins) TEN The New Wave (Bloodaxe), and in magazines such as Poetry Paper, Magma, Pen International, Wasafiri and Oxford Poetry. Inua was shortlisted for the Brunel Prize for African Poetry 2014, won the Live Canon International Poetry Competition 2014, and is currently working on 'Of All The Boys of Plateau Private School'.
Inua founded The R.A.P Party - Rhythm And Poetry Party - a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop-inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs, where he gathers 10 poets to celebrate the art form and the culture. He also works a poetry insider for SideStory, where he takes strangers on walking/writing/workshops through the heart of London. To book him for a reading/performance, please click here and for more information on SideStory, please see here.