“Beautiful, subtle, and finally, original.”
—The New Yorker (on Open City)
Teju Cole is a Nigerian writer with a column in the New York Times, a published author, an impressive photographer with galleries across the world, and a professor at Harvard. We have identified him as a groovalutionary because he proves himself to be progressive, forward thinking, and outspoken.
As a black man living in America he has had many obstacles to overcome to be where he is and have a strong voice. Teju Cole has emerged confidentially and doesn’t take his access for granted. He is very aware of his surroundings and how he is situated in the world. He takes traveling as a lesson and a way to be analytical.
Cole is very outspoken and open on his opinion on politics. Recently, Teju Cole has been lecturing at universities on his life’s work while tying into current events. He has written powerful essays on today’s political climate considering the current president and on the racism that has been so prevalent in the United States. He doesn’t claim to know every person’s struggle but instead speaks on what he knows and sympathizes to the rest.
Another trait that makes Teju Cole a groovalutionary is his very openminded approach to learning and discovering new information. People like Teju Cole are so important in this day and age because they help open dialogue about charged issues in our societies. Like a true groovalutionary he stays true to his beliefs while respecting others differences and pursues his passions that benefit not only himself, but the world around him.
Written by: Becky Faulconer