You Gotta Have Faith
Faith in Nigerian dress. Credit: Faith Adiele
Faith with lilac cocktail. Credit: Duan Wu
Faith on Aura River. Credit: Faith Adiele
Faith in Finnish dress. Credit: Sholeh Wolpé
AUTHOR of two memoirs: The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems, a witty, tricultural e/audiobook about black women and fibroids, and Meeting Faith, a travel memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun (PEN Open Book Award)
EDITOR: Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology, with 24 international stories ideal for the classroom and Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel
WRITER | NARRATOR | SUBJECT: PBS documentary My Journey Home, based on her life growing up with a Nordic-American single mother and then traveling to Nigeria as an adult to find her father and siblings.
FOUNDER: VONA Travel, the nation's first workshop for travel writers of color, and African Book Club at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.
A popular speaker, teacher, editor, and mentor, Faith has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine’s 5 Women to Learn From, and The Huffington Post. She has appeared on NPR, on the Tavis Smiley show, in a national television ad for TIAA-CREF, in the pilot for a new reality show, and in a 2-page spread: “A Day in the Life of Faith Adiele” for Pink Magazine. She is the recipient of a UNESCO International Artists Bursary, the Millennium Award from Creative Nonfiction, and 17 artists’ residencies in Brazil, Canada, Italy and the USA.
Educated at Harvard University, the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Faith has lived in West Africa and Southeast Asia, worked as a diversity trainer and community activist, and taught travel writing and memoir from Bali to Ghana to Switzerland. She is Associate Professor of Writing at California College of the Arts and CNF faculty at Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program.
Faith lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and The Ruby space for women creatives, and does live storytelling on stage. Her latest manuscript, a multi genre, multigenerational, multiracial account of 4 generations of her family across 3 continents, is represented by Ayesha Pande.