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Mugabi Byenkya


Mugabi Augustine Ateenyi Olatokumbo Byenkya was born in Nigeria to Ugandan parents. He spent his life across Africa, Asia and North America. Currently, he is based between Kampala and Toronto. Mugabi is a writer, poet, teacher and rapper who has honed his craft through writing workshops, poetry slams, cyphers and open mics from across North America and East Africa. Mugabi was longlisted for the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award in 2015 and his writing is used to teach international high school English reading comprehension. Mugabi’s poetry and writing appears in numerous zines, online publications, journals and anthologies, such as: Soo Many Stories; The Mighty; The Good Men Project, Bi Arts Zine, CRUSH! and Land Use Policy. He has been featured as a spoken word artist across East Africa and North America, including: Kampala, Toronto, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. An advocate for the intersection of arts, chronic illness and social justice, and literacy, Mugabi leads workshops in effective writing, poetry, performance, vulnerability, mental illness and chronic illness for youth and adults.

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Dear Philomena

@ VOL 19 ON JUN 08, 2018

“Mama how much trauma can I contain?”  - Mugabi Byenkya

A stroke survivor who was once facing his own mortality shares his journey of searching, surviving, and coping. 

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Markham @ Varley Art Gallery
Jun 08, 2018