Rakaya Esime Fetuga is a poet and facilitator based in London.
Her work joins conversations on overlapping identities, faith and culture as self-affirmation. Taking inspiration from black feminist writers and Islamic Sufi poets, Rakaya’s work depicts women of the global majority through an ethereal lens.
Rakaya has a First Class BA from Royal Holloway and completed a Masters in Fiction Writing in 2019.
Rakaya won the the Roundhouse Poetry Slam 2018 and the Spread the Word Young People’s Laureate for London Poetry Awards in 2017. Rakaya was shortlisted for the Out-Spoken Poetry Prize in 2018 and 2019. Rakaya is a current Roundhouse Resident Artist, developing her monodrama, ‘Unbraided’.
As well as performing at international arts festivals, Rakaya has shared poetry across the UK. Rakaya’s poems have featured in Letters for the Earth (HarperCollins, 2019) and SLAM: You’re Gonna Wanna Hear This (Macmillan, 2020).
Rakaya has been commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies with Vanity Fair, English Touring Theatre and Kyra TV. Rakaya has also worked in collaboration with Apple as part of Made in LDN arts engagement programmes. An advocate for self-expression, Rakaya hosts open mic nights in NW London and works with the Poetry Society to support other young writers nurture their talent.
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