“Hype your writers like you do your rappers”, says JJ Bola. If ever there was a writer who deserved that hype, it’s Bola himself.
This Kinshasa born, London raised poet, educator and speaker arrived in the UK at 7 with his family as a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As he settled into his new life, his passion for basketball, music, poetry and politics continued to grow. It is these, along with the experience of becoming a migrant, always between two homes, which are central themes in his poetry.