Bassey Ikpi

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Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian born, American raised writer and poet. With social commentary being a focus of her work, Bassey has recorded original poems for the Kaiser Foundation’s HIV/AIDS campaign, Knowing Is Beautiful and There is No Comfort In Silence for Global Grind and World AIDS Day, as well as an original poem used in an animated short produced by global organization, Girl Effect. She has written for several media outlets on the topic of mental health and pop culture.  She is the founder of mental health NGO The Siwe Project and is working on several creative projects.


Cover Photo: "Portals" by Njideka Akunyili Crosby/JR P/flickr
When It Hurts So Bad: On Fighting a Depressive Episode

“I feel like I’m hyperventilating. I can’t stop crying and I can’t breathe. I’m afraid I’m going to drown on dry land.”

May 14, 2018
Cover Photo: photo by David Trotman-Wilkins/flickr
Sour Water

“My small body shivered in fear waiting for the next sky to fall.”

Sep 06, 2016
Cover Photo: ©Toyin Ojih Odutola.  Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Installation image from Six Draughtsmen at MoCADA Photo Credit: Steven Harris
Connecting the Dots

“You may not remember, but you haven’t forgotten.”

Jan 26, 2016