Poet, author, broadcaster, musician and communications adviser
Musa Okwonga is a writer, broadcaster, poet, musician, communications adviser and commentator on current affairs, including culture, politics, sport, race and sexuality. A former City solicitor, Musa contributes regular opinion pieces to The Independent on a range of issues, and has on several occasions been a guest on BBC Radio 4′s TodayProgramme. 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.
He is the author of two books on football, A Cultured Left Foot (Duckworths, 2007) andWill 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.
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 charities and companies 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 is 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”.
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.