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Sharing his experiences of being a Somali-American through poetry, spoken word artist Alakkuu performs a heartfelt piece exploring his identity and reflecting on how he fell in love with a place he’s never been to.

Alakkuu is a Somali-American poet and author behind Wet Grass Vanilla – a book of poetry that delves into the certain reactions one experiences through love. Born in DC, he spent most of his childhood in the area prior to moving to Kenya where he lived there for 3 years, before returning to study Electrical Engineering. He received his Master’s from Georgetown University and is the Co-Founder and CEO of Huvvit – a mobile-first startup that aims to connect home buyers to local real estate agents in real time. Alakkuu just completed a mid-west US tour of his spoken word poetry where he campaigned for relief efforts in East Africa.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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