Nov 15, 2021
winner of Irish Tatler Woman of The Year Catalyst Award 2021
Congratulations to Felicia Olusanya (FELISPEAKS)
In recognition of a woman who has affected change in Irish society in a pivotal way Felicia was awarded at a ceremony held in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on Saturday, November 13th.
Now in its twenty first year The Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards represent the original and best respected platform for female achievement in Ireland. Not only have the awards championed female excellence, they have also sparked important conversations about Irish women’s place in society, the workplace and the world. Their winners have led countries, global movements and more - they are activists, philanthropists, creative forces and entrepreneurs.
With her poem For Our Mothers having been added to the Leaving Cert curriculum 2023, The Catalyst award recognises FELISPEAKS as woman who has affected change in Irish society in a pivotal way.
Felicia, FELISPEAKS is a Nigerian-Irish Poet, Performer and Playwright from Co. Longford, based in Maynooth town. She is member of WeAreGriot, a poetry collective consisting of herself, Dagogo Hart & Samuel Yakura - curating poetry/rap events - Talkatives, writing plays.
Her poem Still about Ireland’s response to the COVID pandemic was commissioned by RTE in 2020.
FELISPEAKS has been a board member of Poetry Ireland since June 2020.
Felicia was been nominated ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival (September 2018) for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play by Dagogo Hart and herself.
FELISPEAKS has also had the opportunity to perform her poetry at Concern’s 50th Anniversary in Dublin Castle in September 2018 that included speakers such as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.
Felicia has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI) African Professional Network of Ireland for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City, December 2017.
FELISPEAKS has graced some prestigious stages such as National Concert Hall, Dublin Castle, opening for THISISPOPBABY’S RIOT show, with Kate Tempest on the Vicar St stage, as well as for Saul Williams on the Sugar Club stage, the Olympia Theatre in response to Repeal the 8th, the Theatre Stage at Electric Picnic, Smock Alley Theatre in 2018 and 2019. Felispeaks has also participated in festivals such as Mother Tongues Festival (Talkatives, February 2020 Tallaght ), Women and Children First in Ghent, Belgium March 2020, St. Patrick’s Festival 2018, 2019, 2020; First Fortnight Festival, Dublin 2018, 2020; Dublin Fringe Festival 2018, 2019 - Wexford Literary Festival 2019, Cuirt International Galway Festival 2019, Electric Picnic 2018, O’Bheal Winter Warmer Festival Cork 2018, National Concert Hall’s Notes from a Quiet Land 2021.