Afua Cooper is a poet, performer, scholar, historian and social and cultural commentator. Dr. Afua Cooper’s expertise in and contributions to the arts, history and education were recognized when she was presented in 2015 with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She is the author of five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems. Her work in the creative arts has been recognized with the Premier of Ontario Award for Excellence in the Arts, a Governor General’s Award nomination and internationally with the Beacon of Freedom Award. A founder of the Canadian Dub poetry movement, Afua Cooper has organized three international dub poetry festivals.