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Chinonyerem Odimba photo credit Sam Harvey. Chinonyerem sits in a blue and yellow shirt in front of plants.


Chino’s vision for tiata fahodzi and the pioneering ways it supports British-African heritage artists is driven by a deep need and understanding to balance the artistic, political and social imperatives of the company. One feels impossible without the other.

“This is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most exciting things to happen in my career,” says Chino. “tiata fahodzi is a company I have long admired for all the things it stands for – a home for British African heritage stories, developing and supporting artists, and a passion for the most exciting stories that theatre can tell.”

tiata fahodzi produces theatre that is fearless; that looks around and looks forward. With Chino, the mission to tell contemporary stories in modern and innovative ways continues, celebrating characters defined not by their diversity, but by their humanity.

Chino is a Nigerian British playwright, screenwriter, and poet; she is Writer-in-Residence at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham and Alfred Fagon awards as well as the Bruntwood Playwriting Award. She was the winner of the 2018 Sonia Friedman Award (Channel 4 Playwright Bursary) for How to Walk on the Moon, and a finalist for the inaugural Women Playwriting Prize 2020 for Paradise Street.

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