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Past national programme archive
24 May - 28 September 2019

Museum of Croydon, London

Abigail Owuo; Stormzy
by Olivia Rose
7 March 2016
NPG x200372

Born Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, in 1993, Grime star Stormzy is an award-winning musician and one of Croydon’s most famous residents. In 2017, his album, Gang Signs & Prayer was the first Grime album to reach the UK album charts, debuting at number one. This year sees him become the first Grime artist to play the coveted headline slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Stormzy is a strong and active supporter of minority groups and is currently funding two scholarships at Cambridge University. He has also announced a new writer’s prize for authors under 30 years of age.

This portrait by the photographer Olivia Rose, is displayed as part of an installation curated by the artist PINS – another Croydon local. It was originally published in Olivia Rose and Hattie Collins’s book This is Grime, in which Stormzy is quoted as saying: “Me, Michael, Abigail’s son, me with my family and friends, my journey from the get go has always been bigger than myself.”

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