2021 — 9 speeches
Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet who fled the civil war in Somalia. Being only 16 when she fled Somalia alone, Hani was forced to leave her siblings and family behind. She made her way to Australia by boat and spent 11 months on Christmas Island. While detained, Hani found healing in writing poetry while also using it to improve her English speaking and writing abilities.
Hani’s first book, I Will Rise was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. Hani continues tapping into the power of the spoken word and has a strong vision to shape the world through pen and paper.