Biography

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Mugabi Byenkya

Mugabi Byenkya is writer, poet and occasional rapper. He was born in Nigeria, to Ugandan parents and is currently based between Kampala and Toronto.

Mugabi was long listed for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015. His essays, articles and poetry have been featured on The Good Men Project, African Writer, Arts and Africa and The Kalahari Review, among other publications. He has been interviewed on Voice of America, NTV Uganda, 91.3 CAPITAL FM and Brittle Paper, among other media outlets.

Mugabi's writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. His debut novel, ‘Dear Philomena,’ was published in 2017 and he recently concluded a 70 show, 42 city, 4 country North America/East Africa tour in support of this. In 2018,

Mugabi was named one of 56 writers who has contributed to his native Uganda’s literary heritage since independence by Writivism.

AWARDS
- Longlisted for Babishai Niwe Poetry Award - 2015
- Named one of 56 writers to contribute to Uganda's literary heritage since Ugandan independence in 1962 by Writivism - 2018