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'We celebrate my life tonight'

Part of 'Rituals at the Lake'- poem by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo about a birthday she spent with a host family on Lake Victoria, in her native Kenya. She was born in the capital Nairobi and is now a poet, performer, actress and musician. Her work is built around notions of home and identity. Ngwatilo is one of 6 artists short-listed for The 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. She has been speaking to Julian Keane.

(Photo credit: Deena Dinat)

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