"Funmilola's work is timely, brilliant and necessary"
- Dr. Angela Davis
"This sista is powerful."
- Dr. Cornel West
Funmilola Fagbamila is a Nigerian American playwright, scholar, activist, actress and performance artist. She currently serves as a professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. As one of the original organizers of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Funmilola has been organizing with BLM since its inception in 2013.
Funmilola’s current project, entitled "The Intersection: Woke Black Folk", is a stage play on the complexities of black political identity and a story about how humans navigate difference. This project has been met with critical acclaim by thinkers and artists such as Angela Davis and Erykah Badu. It premiered to a sold out house at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival in Los Angeles as the featured theatrical production. Having recently completed a 2019 international tour of The Intersection (staging in venues across Amsterdam, London, Paris and Brazil), the production has been green lit for a full run in London for Fall 2020. Woke Black Folk has been featured in a range of media outlets, from Netflix to FOXtv.
In 2015, Funmilola was honored by the United States Congress and the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance for her commendable activist scholarship and service. In 2017, Funmilola was awarded the Inaugural Activist-in-Residence position at the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin. And in 2018, Amplify Africa and the US Congress honored Funmilola once more with the “African Excellence” award in the field of education.
Her writing, political analyses and social commentary have been featured in publications such as the Guardian, BBC, NPR, Blavity, LeMonde (France), O'Globo (Brazil), Fox Soul, Netflix and NOW THIS News. In November 2017, Cal State LA hosted a public dialogue between Funmilola and the Ooni of Ife, traditional ruler of the Yoruba kingdom Ile-Ife. And in September 2018, Funmilola and Nigerian presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore participated in a public dialogue on the state of affairs in Nigeria and the African diaspora. Further, in 2018 Prof. Fagbamila was featured in the original Netflix documentary FEMINISTS and her viral poem "Black Girl Fly" was viewed more than 2 million times worldwide.
Funmilola has delivered keynote addresses and performances at universities across the U.S and Europe. Some of the venues she’s presented at include: UCLA School of Law, Oxford University, UC San Diego and USC.