Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born American writer, spoken-word poet, and mental health advocate. She sometimes does stuff on TV and advocates for shoes. She has appeared on HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry five times and her poetry has opened shows for Grammy Award-winning artists. Her first book, a memoir titled Making Friends With Giants will be published by Harper Perennial in 2018. The book is described as "a deep personal work that chronicles her life living with Bipolar II disorder and anxiety, and a woman of color and combating the stigma surrounding it."