Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time

The eighteenth-century portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo is the earliest known British portrait of a freed slave. Fascinated with Diallo’s enigmatic story, poet Ben Okri responds to the subject in a new poem, ‘Diallo’s Testament’ as part of his involvement in the portrait’s tour of partner venues around the UK.

20 September 2013 - 27 July 2014
National Portrait Gallery, London
Admission Free

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Find out more about the portrait and Diallo’s story from Dr Lucy Peltz
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Find out more about Ben Okri’s new poem and the Discovering Diallo workshops
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Engage with Diallo’s story by taking part in our events