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Musa Okwonga

Musa Okwonga is a writer, poet, broadcaster, musician and communications adviser. In 2008 his first football book, A Cultured Left Foot, was nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He is one half of The King's Will, an electronica outfit that blends poetry, music, and animated videos.

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East African Muslim women on female genital mutilation: ‘We were not meant to enjoy sex. We were supposed to be machines to have babies.’, Notebook

East African Muslim women on female genital mutilation: ‘We were not meant to enjoy sex. We were supposed to be machines to have babies.’

On the last day of my Easter holidays, Dr. Phoebe Abe (or, as I know her, my mother) sat down in her living room with me and several women from Somalia, Egypt and Sudan. My mother, a GP, had for some time been looking at the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) with Dr Comfort Momoh MBE.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 9 April 2013 at 12:46 pm

Poetry’s premature obituary, Arts

Poetry’s premature obituary

This weekend, I was surprised to learn from an opinion piece in The Independent that “poetry is dying”. I was even more surprised to discover, in the following line, that “[actually], it’s pretty dead already for all intents and purposes.”

By | Arts | Monday, 4 February 2013 at 2:07 pm

“The Football Crash”: Are footballers the bankers of modern sport?, Sport

“The Football Crash”: Are footballers the bankers of modern sport?

For some time now, the headlines about footballers’ wages have seemed oddly familiar; and, with the publication of a new report, the analogy has finally become clear.

By | Sport | Monday, 20 August 2012 at 10:51 am

What’s wrong with Eton? It doesn’t teach snobbery, Notebook

What’s wrong with Eton? It doesn’t teach snobbery

On one hand, I hate the idea that I am part of a group of school alumni whom it is fair game to mock as posh, pampered and out of touch. On the other hand, I hate the idea of inequality of opportunity, of which Eton is her metaphor.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 11:40 am

Muhammad Ali goes beyond sport, Sport

Muhammad Ali goes beyond sport

Watching Muhammad Ali shuffle onto the stage, aided by two loving helpers, it was hard to think anything else. This man gave everything.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 25 July 2012 at 10:34 am

Tuition fees, and an Oxford professor’s last lesson, Notebook

Tuition fees, and an Oxford professor’s last lesson

It’s difficult with words to do justice – pun reluctantly intended – to the positive impact that Professor Freedland has had on the lives of countless people, the overwhelming majority of whom he will never meet.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 22 July 2012 at 3:06 pm

Iran, Israel, Gandalf and the bomb, Notebook

Iran, Israel, Gandalf and the bomb

Sometimes fantasy makes more sense than fiction. When looking at the latest developments in the diplomatic standoff between Iran and several Western nations, the words of Gandalf in that epic Lord of The Rings trailer spring to mind. “The board is set”, murmured the White Wizard. “The pieces are moving”.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 18 June 2012 at 3:08 pm

Leveson, and why the public do care, Notebook

Leveson, and why the public do care

There it was again. The assumption that I have seen from so many politicians and media commentators that almost no-one outside the political world cares about what is happening at the Leveson inquiry. I think that this assumption is wrong. Worse than that, it is staggeringly, appallingly, dangerously wrong.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 4:05 am

Baroness Warsi’s troubles are not black-and-white, Notebook

Baroness Warsi’s troubles are not black-and-white

Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered an investigation into Baroness Warsi’s conduct under the Ministerial Code. He has not ordered the same investigation into the conduct of Jeremy Hunt. It is arguable that both Warsi and Hunt are at fault. The accusation of double standards has arisen, as have implications of racism and sexism against the critics of Baroness Warsi.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 6 June 2012 at 11:41 am

Manchester City and the agony of victory, Football

Manchester City and the agony of victory

Manchester City did to Manchester United what Manchester United have been doing to the world for years.

By | Football, Sport | Monday, 14 May 2012 at 2:26 pm

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