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Musa Okwonga is a poet, author, sportswriter, broadcaster, musician, communications adviser and commentator on current affairs. He is a popular choice for debating culture, politics, sport, race and sexuality. A scholarship student at Eton College, Musa studied law at Oxford University. He then trained as a solicitor in the City. Discovering the legal profession wasn't for him he left to pursue a career as a poet and writer.
His favourite speaking topics are Current Affairs, Football, The Future of Journalism, Social Media and Communication in the Digital Age. He also loves to talk about the Pace of Modern Life.
“He writes from the heart with no filter, and that's what the best wordsmiths do. I'm a fan.” Ed Sheeran
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Musa has several years of communications experience. This comes from having worked as the Director for Press and Communications at the Institute for Philanthropy in London and New York. In addition he has acted as a consultant for Ogilvy & Mather.
He now provides companies and charities with carefully-tailored advice on their communications strategies. Additionally he arranges features for their work with some of the media's most respected organisations. These include the BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.
Musa has lectured at several universities and institutions of higher learning. Edinburgh University, Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf, the Institute for Philosophical Progress, Wurzburg, Schloss St. Martin, Graz, and the University of Zurich.
Musa regularly contributes opinion pieces to the media on a range of issues. Most importantly to The Independent, The Huffington Post and MSN. Similarly on several occasions he has been a guest on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Channel 4 News and Sky News. Furthermore he has given talks on social media and literature for BBC Radio 3 and 4.
He has also written for The Guardian, The New Humanist and the Financial Times. In addition he has been profiled by several media outlets including Channel 4, the Financial Times, the Times,
A huge sports fan, he has written about football for The Blizzard, The New York Times and ESPN. And he is a regular pundit for the BBC World Service.
Moreover 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 was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Musa has also written one collection of poetry (Eating Roses For Dinner, Nomadic, 2016). And finally he he has written a memoir about his five years at Eton College (How To Avoid Detection, Unbound, 2020).
The winner of the 1996 WH Smith Young Writers Competition, Musa has been invited to perform his poetry at several leading events. These include an audience of EU environment ministers at Versailles.
Musa is precise and all-encompassing in the same line. His poetry is intimate and erudite, passionate and beautiful.
His spoken word…is raw, authentic, sometimes brutally honest and beautifully optimistic.
Okwonga is both a renaissance man and football obsessive.
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.
Ogilvy and Mather