PEN World Voices Festival | NYC April 25 – May 1, 2016

Kehinde Bademosi


Kehinde “Kenny” Bademosi is a social innovation designer, brand experience specialist, and entrepreneur, who uses the tools of storytelling and design to help brands and organizations inquire into and inspire humankind. Kehinde uses social media to write for marginalized populations and to curate an active conversation about gay rights issues in Nigeria, where homosexuals are threatened with 14 years of imprisonment just for being gay. Kehinde's recent project, www.isanyoneinafrica.com, is a platform that connects people dealing with sexuality and HIV issues in Africa with help as discreetly as possible. In his upcoming book, The Exodus, Kehinde writes about his life as a renowned Pentecostal preacher boy and exorcist, who fails to cure his twin sister of insanity or himself of the curse of homosexuality, until he finally comes out as gay.

Kehinde has an extensive background in marketing communications and has worked as a copywriter and creative director for top fast-moving consumer goods, nonprofit, telecommunication, and financial brands in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2008, Kehinde created Orange Academy, Africa's first practical school of brand experience. At Orange, he worked with a multidisciplinary team of experts and faculty to nurture homegrown talents who will tell compelling stories for brands, businesses, and people. Orange Academy has become Nigeria's creative hub for “socialpreneurs” and talents who seek to create change in their environments.

Kehinde is referred to by many of his followers on social media as Kenny Brandmuse because of his passion for musing on the creative self. This spring, he will graduate from Maryland Institute College of Arts with a Master of Arts in Social Design.

World Voices Festival 2016.