Equity in collaboration with The Students' Union at UWE present: SAYO – Self-realisation and journey to success

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Date: 10 November 2021
Venue: Blackboard Collaborate
Time: 18:00-19:30

Equity and The Students' Union at UWE invite you to continue celebrating Black History Month into November.

Join us as we hear from the inspiring social media influencer 'SAYO' about her journey thus far, including when she realised her true potential and how she went about achieving her ambitions, as well as the techniques that empowered her to overcome any challenges. See speaker biography below for more information.


  • 18:00-18:05 – Welcome (The Students' Union at UWE)
  • 18:05-18:10 – Opening remarks (Paul Olomolaiye, UWE Bristol Pro Vice-Chancellor)
  • 18:10-18:40 – Talk: SAYO – Self-realisation and journey to success
  • 18:40-18:45 – In conversation with UWE Bristol alumni (Rania Regaieg and Sayo)
  • 18:45-19:15 – Q&A from the audience
  • 19:15-19:30 – Virtual networking and close


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Adèsayò Tàlàbi, writer, poet, presenter, creative, tech founder, award-winning journalist and all-round natural-born performer. Sayo began writing and performing spoken word poetry from a young age, but it was lockdown where her online persona really rose to fame. With her legendary grey fur coat and red lip, Sayo began performing her "Kpoetry" - an exaggerated spoken word performance bringing together parts of her Nigerian heritage and British upbringing. With millions of impressions across her clever and comical words, it's clear to see how Sayo's audience rose by 10k followers per week during the UK lockdown.

More recently, Sayo has seen opportunities arise offline, having hosted a radio show on Reprezent, featuring in Season 2 of Sky Art's "Life and Rhymes" and is working on a major documentary with a mainstream TV channel.

Find out more about SAYO on Instagram @Simplysayo, Tik Tok Simply_Sayo and Twittter Simply_Sayo

Cost: Free
Contact: Jaya Mistry
E-mail: equity@uwe.ac.uk

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