Musa Okwonga

Musa Okwonga is a writer, broadcaster, poet, musician, communications adviser and commentator on current affairs, including culture, politics, sport, race and sexuality.

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Musa Okwonga: Roy Hodgson and humble pie

I think that Roy Hodgson’s appointment infuriates so many of us because it shows us what we really are: we are outsiders, peering up at football’s elite.

Musa Okwonga: Ched Evans and the wrong kind of rape

Last week Ched Evans, the leading goalscorer for Championship aspirants Sheffield United, was convicted for rape.

Musa Okwonga: Messi scores a screamer, but Ronaldo is howling

There is an agonised howl that Cristiano Ronaldo has made his hallmark. You see it whenever a rival, typically a goalkeeper, denies him glory. Last weekend, there’s a good chance that he was howling again in private.

Musa Okwonga: Liverpool and Tottenham – a perfect stalemate

If, in 2012, cats are the new streakers, then they are definitely to be welcomed.  They look better naked, for one thing, and they also seem to be a fan of games involving three-man central midfields.

England captain John Terry

Musa Okwonga: John Terry - How Sarah Palin got it right

It's been a notable week for the loss of titles: first Fred Goodwin, formerly a knight of the realm, and now John Terry, formerly captain of England.

Musa Okwonga: Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra - thoughts on the Commission’s report

And so we come to it at last: one of the most controversial sporting issues of modern times. It says a great deal for the sensitivity surrounding the Patrice Evra – Luis Suárez case that, towards the end of 2011, I was more cautious in expressing a view on this issue than I was on Israel and Palestine.

Musa Okwonga: Hurricane Blatter meets English tumbleweed

Two of the Premier League’s biggest stars are alleged to have made racist comments. With these cases pending, it’s easy to see why the Premier League released such a colourless statement.

Musa Okwonga: Blatter, race, and status quo

You see, on one level, what Blatter said can be laughed off as the fumblings of an out-of-touch fool. “Rise above it”, etc. Except you can’t rise above it, and that’s the whole point. Blatter is the top dog.

Musa Okwonga: Talking to a generation vexed

The only thing greater than the intensity of the UK riots was the confusion with which they were later dissected.

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