Musa Okwonga

Intro

Former City lawyer Musa Okwonga is an impressive and entertaining speaker, a poet, author, sportswriter, broadcaster, media commentator, communications adviser and musician. He was a scholarship student at Eton College and studied law at Oxford University.

Authors, Communication, Journalists, Law, Musical Entertainment, PR & Marketing, Politics, Social Media, Sports

Biog

Musa Okwonga is a poet, author, sportswriter, broadcaster, musician, communications adviser and commentator on current affairs, including culture, politics, sport, race and sexuality. A scholarship student at Eton College, Musa studied law at Oxford University and then trained as a solicitor in the City before leaving the legal profession to pursue a career as a poet and writer.

He is the author of two books on football, A Cultured Left Foot (Duckworths, 2007) and Will You Manage? (Serpent's Tail, 2010), the first of which was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. He has also written about football for The Blizzard, The New York Times and ESPN, and is a regular pundit for the BBC World Service. The winner of the 1996 WHSmith Young Writers Competition, Musa has been invited to perform his poetry at several leading events, including an audience of EU environment ministers at Versailles.

Musa has several years of communications experience, having worked as the Director for Press and Communications at the Institute for Philanthropy in London and New York, and having acted as a consultant for Ogilvy & Mather. He provides companies and charities with carefully-tailored advice on their communications strategies, and he has arranged features for their work with some of the media's most respected organisations, including the BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

Musa contributes opinion pieces to The Independent, The Huffington Post and MSN on a range of issues, and has on several occasions been a guest on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme. He has been interviewed by Channel 4 News and Sky News, and he has given talks on social media and literature for BBC Radio 3 and 4, the latter at the Royal Society of Arts in London. He has also written for The Guardian, The New Humanist and the Financial Times.

His favourite speaking topics are Current affairs, Football, The Future of Journalism, Social media and Communication in the Digital Age, and The Pace of Modern Life

Musa is also one half of electronica outfit The King's Will, for whom he writes and performs vocals. The King's Will have had their work featured by The Sunday Times, Drowned in Sound and Knowledge Magazine, they have been played by BBC6 Music and Xfm, and they have been praised by Q Magazine as "a brilliant 21st century culture clash...like a globe-straddling Mike Skinner".


Testimonials


"His spoken word…is raw, authentic, sometimes brutally honest and beautifully optimistic.

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Channel4.com

"Okwonga is both a renaissance man and football obsessive.
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The Times

"Musa is extraordinary: charismatic, incisive, collaborative and dynamic. His guidance and momentum steadied our work for Kick It Out’s anti-homophobia campaign and made it actually happen. He was so shrewd. Quite simply, Musa made everything more effective.

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Ogilvy and Mather



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