Sitawa Betty Muragori

Sitawa Betty Muragori is a poet, writer and performer. In 2008 her first dramatised poetry performance: “Cut Off My Tongue” was successfully performed in various venues in Nairobi. In 2009, her first book of poetry: “Cut Off My Tongue” was published. Later the same year, the show was performed at the prestigious Hay Festival in the UK. In 2010 Cut off my Tongue was selected by the Sundance Theatre Lab to its first East African Sundance Lab held on Manda Island. In the same year the show received a “Highly Commended” from the Freedom to Create, an international arts prize. In May 2012 two performances of Cut off my Tongue were held in Uganda.

In 2011, her second show of dramatised poetry called “Homecoming” was performed in Nairobi to rave reviews. In April 2012 Cut off my Tongue was selected by TED Talks in their global search for new and undiscovered performances.

In April 2014, Sitawa participated in the SPOKEN WORLDS project, between poets, hip hop and spoken word artists from Kenya and Berlin, Germany.

“Silence is a Woman” is her current project. In October 2013, Sitawa Namwalie premiered Silence is a Woman at Safaricom’s Michael Joseph Centre. The show was positively received by a full house audience.

Sitawa has worked in the development sector for many years with NGOs and with UNDP, USAID and IUCN. She currently works as a development consultant in East Africa, in the areas of environment, gender and governance. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Arts degree in Environment, Society and Technology from Clark University in Massachusetts, USA.

Production: Black Maria

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