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Nonnie Egbuna


Nonnie Egbuna

I always say that I am an artist before I am anything else; being at Duke has only reinforced this notion, as I realize now more than ever just how much my art means to me. Spoken word poetry is the conduit through which I express that which cannot be expressed within the confines of everyday conversation or "proper" grammar. Filmmaking is the way in which I show the world what I see, what I don't see, what I wish to see, what I need to see... It is my passion. It will be my career. It will be my legacy.

For now, though, I am thoroughly involved in my studies here at Duke--I sneak artistic liberties into my school work whenever the opportunity presents itself--where I plan to major in Visual and Media Studies with a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In the extracurricular realm, I write for The Bridge, I am a member of Spoken Verb, and I work as a videographer and editor for the Franklin Humanities Institute. I am a social justice activist (primarily focused on the empowerment of racial minorities and women), and am looking to get more involved in the Durham community.

I am always scheming, always plotting, always up to something... My passion is what drives me, and I am simply following where it leads.