Musa Okwonga is creating books, journalism, essays, poetry, podcasts
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Hi: I’m Musa Okwonga, and I’ve spent my career being as creative and curious as possible. For the last twelve years, after leaving my job as a lawyer to follow my dream of being a full-time writer, I have developed a career as a journalist, poet, lecturer, broadcaster and musician. During that time, I have covered the subjects of culture, race, sexuality, sport, politics and technology for a range of publications, including Africa Is a Country, Complex, Devex, The Economist, ESPN, Foreign Policy, Prospect, The Blizzard, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Humanist and The New Statesman. I have written three books, the first of which was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, contributed essays and poems to several others, including the award-winning The Good Immigrant, and co-written and presented "The Burden of Beauty", the BBC World Service's two-part documentary about the 2014 World Cup. I wrote “Offsides”, The New York Times’ 2018 World Cup column on the intersection between football and politics, and have presented my work at several leading venues and institutions in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East.

Along the way, I have tried to maintain two threads throughout my work: a positive, proactive outlook, and a passionate commitment to a progressive society. Now, as a response to the challenging times in which we live, I am excited to be embarking on the most ambitious phase of my work to date.

What will that phase look like? Well, I aim to produce the following:

  • “In The End, It Was All About Love”, a collection of essays and poems looking at love, sex, dating and city life in the modern age, set in Berlin;
  • "The Dream Team", the final book in my trilogy of books about what makes greatness in football, following "A Cultured Left Foot" and "Will You Manage?";
  • “Rebuilding My Masculinity”, a collection of essays looking at valuable lessons that I have learned about masculinity from my experiences as a bisexual man;
  • “How To Play The Race Card”, a collection of essays reflecting on practical ways to navigate the issue of race in daily life;
  • “The Shy Poet”, a second collection of poetry, to follow my debut collection, “Eating Roses For Dinner”;
  • “The Reluctant Time-Traveller”, the sequel to a YA sci-fi novel that I wrote in 2016, “The Trauma Thief”;
  • “A Cultured Left Foot”, a new edition of my award-nominated debut football book, with new interviews from leading footballers and pundits;
  • “Opening Borders”, a monthly podcast where I will interview both prominent and unsung people from a range of fields about the craft that goes into their work.

How can you be part of what I am making? Well, by contributing whatever you can, I will provide you with early and exclusive access to my work as it develops; the drafts, the thought processes, the compelling conversations and the end results. You’ll be able to provide me with feedback on these projects as they progress.

Why do I think this work matters? Because I believe that what we now need, more than ever and on all possible fronts, is a hopeful vision of the future. Starting now, and for the coming months and years, I invite you to take a front-row seat for the latest stage of my journey. 
Tiers
Day One Supporters
$2 or more per month
Thank you so much for your kind support of my work! I look forward to sharing much more of it with you.
Musa's Monthly Playlist
$5 or more per month
This will give you a patron-only roundup of everything I've been up to this month - an essay on what I've found most exciting, a summary of my progress on my projects, and a whole host of links to recommended music and reading.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
$10 or more per month
In addition to the above, you will receive a signed and beautifully-designed print of one of my poems - either one of your choice, or one which I am happy to select for you.
Ask Me Anything
$25 or more per month
Along with the above, you will have access to a monthly video where I'll answer your questions about well, anything: writing (with some practical tips), football, current affairs and more. You will also be acknowledged by name in any books that I write as a result of your support on Patreon.
East Berlin Unicorns
$50 or more per month
In addition to the above, you'll also receive a signed copy in the post of any books that I publish as a result of your support on Patreon, as well as a personal handwritten note on beautifully-designed paper. 
Goals
$221 of $2,000 per month
Reaching this target would allow me to write my monthly essays on race and masculinity - and it would allow me to produce the first run of episodes of my new podcast, "Opening Borders".
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Hi: I’m Musa Okwonga, and I’ve spent my career being as creative and curious as possible. For the last twelve years, after leaving my job as a lawyer to follow my dream of being a full-time writer, I have developed a career as a journalist, poet, lecturer, broadcaster and musician. During that time, I have covered the subjects of culture, race, sexuality, sport, politics and technology for a range of publications, including Africa Is a Country, Complex, Devex, The Economist, ESPN, Foreign Policy, Prospect, The Blizzard, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Humanist and The New Statesman. I have written three books, the first of which was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, contributed essays and poems to several others, including the award-winning The Good Immigrant, and co-written and presented "The Burden of Beauty", the BBC World Service's two-part documentary about the 2014 World Cup. I wrote “Offsides”, The New York Times’ 2018 World Cup column on the intersection between football and politics, and have presented my work at several leading venues and institutions in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East.

Along the way, I have tried to maintain two threads throughout my work: a positive, proactive outlook, and a passionate commitment to a progressive society. Now, as a response to the challenging times in which we live, I am excited to be embarking on the most ambitious phase of my work to date.

What will that phase look like? Well, I aim to produce the following:

  • “In The End, It Was All About Love”, a collection of essays and poems looking at love, sex, dating and city life in the modern age, set in Berlin;
  • "The Dream Team", the final book in my trilogy of books about what makes greatness in football, following "A Cultured Left Foot" and "Will You Manage?";
  • “Rebuilding My Masculinity”, a collection of essays looking at valuable lessons that I have learned about masculinity from my experiences as a bisexual man;
  • “How To Play The Race Card”, a collection of essays reflecting on practical ways to navigate the issue of race in daily life;
  • “The Shy Poet”, a second collection of poetry, to follow my debut collection, “Eating Roses For Dinner”;
  • “The Reluctant Time-Traveller”, the sequel to a YA sci-fi novel that I wrote in 2016, “The Trauma Thief”;
  • “A Cultured Left Foot”, a new edition of my award-nominated debut football book, with new interviews from leading footballers and pundits;
  • “Opening Borders”, a monthly podcast where I will interview both prominent and unsung people from a range of fields about the craft that goes into their work.

How can you be part of what I am making? Well, by contributing whatever you can, I will provide you with early and exclusive access to my work as it develops; the drafts, the thought processes, the compelling conversations and the end results. You’ll be able to provide me with feedback on these projects as they progress.

Why do I think this work matters? Because I believe that what we now need, more than ever and on all possible fronts, is a hopeful vision of the future. Starting now, and for the coming months and years, I invite you to take a front-row seat for the latest stage of my journey. 

Recent posts by Musa Okwonga

Tiers
Day One Supporters
$2 or more per month
Thank you so much for your kind support of my work! I look forward to sharing much more of it with you.
Musa's Monthly Playlist
$5 or more per month
This will give you a patron-only roundup of everything I've been up to this month - an essay on what I've found most exciting, a summary of my progress on my projects, and a whole host of links to recommended music and reading.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
$10 or more per month
In addition to the above, you will receive a signed and beautifully-designed print of one of my poems - either one of your choice, or one which I am happy to select for you.
Ask Me Anything
$25 or more per month
Along with the above, you will have access to a monthly video where I'll answer your questions about well, anything: writing (with some practical tips), football, current affairs and more. You will also be acknowledged by name in any books that I write as a result of your support on Patreon.
East Berlin Unicorns
$50 or more per month
In addition to the above, you'll also receive a signed copy in the post of any books that I publish as a result of your support on Patreon, as well as a personal handwritten note on beautifully-designed paper.