Ruth Marimo started writing her memoir, OUTsider, while in jail awaiting deportation. Born in Zimbabwe, she never boarded her return flight from a visit to the US. After the expiration of her visa, she started living in the shadows as an undocumented immigrant until her ex-husband reported her to immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Marimo is a business owner who continues to stay in this country legally. She advocates for immigration reform and speaks out against the mistreatment of LGBTQ people in Africa.
In this talk, she connects all the “otherness” that defines her as a person.