Spoken Word Poet
Asma Elbadawi is a British Sudanese (born in Sudan and raised in England) basketball player and Spoken Word Poet and Play write. Elbadawi holds a BA Hons in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging and a Masters in Visual Arts. Her dual cultural heritage deeply influences her creativity with her main focus being female empowerment.
She is best known for her involvement in the globally successful FIBA ALLOW HIJAB Campaign. This campaign saw the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) allow Muslim women to wear the Hijab in Professional Basketball and as the 2015 Words First Leeds winner which is a National poetry competition partnered by BBC Radio 1Xtra and the Roundhouse.
Elbadawi has performed at the following events: TEDx Bradford, The British Museum, The Bradford Literature Festival, Liverpool Acoustic Festival, Women Of the World (WOW) Festival, London Word of mouth and more with International performances.
She received the Women Of The Future judges high commendation Sport category Award, The British Muslim Rising Star in Sports Award and The Muslim News Faezeh Hashemi Award for Excellence in Sport in 2019
She has been featured on major media outlets such as Vogue Arabia, Cosmopolitan, Hello Magazine, BBC Sport, BBC Three, BBC Iplayer, AJ+, Aljazeera, S24, Channel 4, Buzzfeed and more.