MUSA OKWONGA is a poet, journalist and musician based in Berlin. The son of refugees from Idi Amin’s Uganda, he studied law at Oxford University before leaving a career as a City-trained solicitor to become a poet. The winner of the 1996 WHSmith Young Writers Competition, he is the author of two books about football, A Cultured Left Foot and Will You Manage?: the first of which was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He has also published a Eating Roses For Dinner, a collection of his poetry, which has been praised by Kate Tempest, Ed Sheeran and J.K. Rowling.


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Okwonga’s current manuscript is a story in which a young Black woman is the protagonist. In this enthralling Sci-Fi story, he tackles important global topics, such as racism, climate change and social injustices. 

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„Brilliant.“ – J.K.Rowling

„His poetry is intimate and erudite, passionate and beautiful.“ – Kate Tempest

„I never fail to be moved, astonished, surprised and humoured by his warmth and deep understanding of what it means to be human, and what it means to be other.“ – Nikesh Shukla


• Narrative non-fiction book of the year at the Best British Book Awards (Shortlist) 2017
• William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2008 (Nomination)
• WHSmith Young Writers Competition 1996