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

Find out more about the portrait and Diallo’s story from Dr Lucy Peltz

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