Edafe Okporo is the author of ASYLUM, A Memoir & Manifesto, and Founder of The Pont. He was born and raised in Warri, Nigeria, a native of Egbo Uhurie, Ughelli South Local government in Delta State Nigeria. Edafe earned both a Master's degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree (in Food Science and Technology) from Enugu State University in Nigeria.
After winning asylum, Edafe led the RDJ Refugee Shelter where he oversaw the health and safety of homeless and displaced LGBTQ persons and advocated on behalf of guests for permanent housing. A global gay rights activist, honoree of the Immigration Equality Global Vision Award. Edafe is among the inaugural winners of the David Prize 2020. The David Prize is a celebration of individuals and ideas to create a better, brighter New York City. Among the Honoree of Logo 30 2021, Cast member of the HBO Documentary The Legend of The Underground June 2021, and The Advocate Magazine people of the year 2021.
Edafe's book will be available for pre-order at the conference, and he will be signing bookplates for all orders.