nwaobiala is a Black Nigerian American trans nonbinary creative from Anambra State, Nigeria and Prince George's County, Maryland. As a multi-disciplinary experimental artist, they exist within blurred medium lines, intersecting at photography, digital design, film, painting, poetry, and writing. Wielding art as a catalyst, nwaobiala drives global, Diasporic conversations about African Diasporic queerness, gender identity, fashion and self-expression; Black mental and public health, intergenerational trauma, male preference, history and culture, and everything in between. 

nwaobiala is an editor for A Nasty Boy, a publication that documents the existence of Queer Africans. They are a 2020 Bakanal de Afrique Artist Fellow, a 2020 Kolaj Institute Collage Lab Artist, a 2019 Createwell Grant semifinalist, a 2019 top 44 Catchlight Fellow Finalist, a two-time (2016-2018) Collegiate Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) participant, and a 2017 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam (FEMS) finalist. Currently based in Maryland, nwaobiala is pursuing their Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering. They use they/them pronouns. (Photo by Rayven Tate)

Workshops & Talks:

2020 Intimacy Workshop, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center 

2020 Breaking the Silence, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Festival, AfroQueer Podcast

2020 Art Talk, AfroQueer Live Fest 


2020 nwaobiala: Reaching and Reflecting through Art

2019 nwaobiala, The Artist Healing the Hidden Traumas of the African Diaspora

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