Adetola Adedipe

Nigerian roots, raised in South Africa, Adetola “aloT of Poetry “ Adedipe is a Poet, Spoken word Artist, public speaker and performer.

Starting off as a member of The University of Calgary Spoken Word Club, this two-time Calgary Slam Champion has been a featured artist at: Raw Voices, Radical and Radiant, the  “I Am Sudan” Charity dinner, Expressions: Spoken Word at Koi, YYC African Fashion Week, Ethnik Festivals, The People’s Poetry Festival, Pitbull Poetry Reading Series, Indie YYC Inspire Series, Emancipation Day celebration hosted by the Official BLM Calgary, Woolf’s Voices,  Performer and panelist at The Grand The Dogwood Rose Reading series, Stage to Page poetry workshop in Toronto and two Cabarets at the Arts Commons. She is also a part of TD Arts Commons Incubator program 2022/2023 cohort.

She is an Artist Facilitator of “Black Kid Joy” (a youth arts program that aims to empower Young Black artists In Alberta) as well as Co-Producer of “Dreaming in Black” (a Black youth Artist showcase)

She has also served as an artist facilitator for: “Decolonizing Literacy” with the University of Calgary Faculty of Education and the Paved Arts workshops in Saskatoon

Published In Bi-Pan Magazine, F-Word Magazine, the YYC: POP Anthology by Calgary’s 4th Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson and “This Might Help”: A Legacy Project by Calgary’s 5th Poet Laureate Natalie Meisner. Her work has also been exhibited at Gallery@501 in Edmonton.

She has also worked with Calgary’s 6th Poet Laureate Wakefield Brewster for two showcases “Poetry in the Park” and “February in August”.

She was also featured in on The Calgary Arts Development Web series: Living a Creative Life”  and in the Calgary Guardian June 2022.

As the Founder of Poetic Designers (an artist branding company) her goal is to use her experience to help other artists find their voice in the online marketing world.

Her first spoken word video for her crowd favourite poem: “Womxn” is a commentary on the treatment of Women and those suffering under the patriarchy in society.

She is currently working on a collection of poems called “A Lot of People” inspired by contributions by people all over Canada and the world which gained her a spot as a feature at the 2021 Afro Indie Book fair as a poet and soon to be author.

As a believer of self- truth and sharing her experience as a Black Immigrant woman,  her anxiety, pain, laughter and love she aims to build a community that encourages everyone to love themselves and be unapologetic about it.