OluTimehin Adegbeye is a Nigerian writer, speaker, and advocate whose work exists at the intersection of human rights, inclusion and social justice. She works as a keynote speaker, moderator, commentator, convener and facilitator, and is known for her insightful analyses of issues related to Feminism, Gender, Sexualities and Urbanisation.
Her TED Talk on urban justice “Who Belongs in a City?“, delivered at TEDGlobal 2017, was selected by TED as one of the ten most notable talks of 2017. OluTimehin has addressed audiences in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, Ghana, Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States, and has worked with the European Union in Nigeria, Shining Hope for Communities, Unilever Ghana-Nigeria, UNFPA, UN Women, Women Deliver and other international corporate and civil society organisations. Locally, she has worked with the Ake Arts and Book Festival, Justice and Empowerment Initiative, The Initiative for Equal Rights, and others.
Ms Adegbeye was awarded the third Gerald Kraak Prize for her essay, ‘Mothers and Men‘, which is now available in print in the Jacana Media anthology, ‘The Heart of the Matter‘. She has also been published online by the African Feminist Forum, Africa Is A Country, the African Women’s Development Fund, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, BellaNaija, Bistandsaktuelt, the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Network, Latterly Magazine, Open Democracy, Premium Times, This is Africa, and others. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese, Spanish, and Norwegian and other languages, with selected publications incorporated into academic curricula in various countries.
OluTimehin is an alumna of the inaugural Writing for Social Justice workshop organised by AWDF in collaboration with FEMRITE (Uganda, 2014), the Farafina Trust Creative Writing workshop (Nigeria, 2015) and the BRITDOC Queer Impact Producers Lab (USA, 2017). She is a Carrington Youth Fellow and a Women Deliver Young Leader.
Her personal writing includes memoir, creative non-fiction, poetry and auto-fiction, and she is currently working on her first collection of essays. OluTimehin lives in Lagos, Nigeria with her daughter, the responsibility of whose care she shares primarily with her amazing nanny.